Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Romanian plane used by dictator Ceausescu up for auction

(CNN) — The presidential plane of late Romanian communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu is going under the hammer.

The Rombach 1-11, used for the dictator’s official flights between 1986 and 1989, is to be put up for auction on May 27 with a starting price of €25,000 (around $30,000).

Built-in Romania under license from the British Aircraft Corporation during the 1980s and modeled on the BAC 1-11, it’s “considered a jewel of the local aeronautical industry,” according to Artmark, the auction house responsible for the sale.

Aside from its link to Ceausescu, the 119-seat aircraft is one of just nine Rombac 1-11 models built under British license before 1989.

A second model, previously used by former president Ion Iliescu, another controversial Romanian figure, will go up for auction on the same day, with an identical starting price.

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