eBay bans sale of Harrier jump jet

Internet auction site eBay has banned a UK man from selling a decommissioned Harrier jump jet.

The seller, former RAF mechanic Chris Wilson, says the one-time museum exhibit could not fly and was sold 'for display purposes only'.

According to Wilson, the outer shell of the rare 1971 two-seater T2 Harrier had been stripped of all its equipment and weaponry when it was retired by the RAF.

But eBay officials removed the listing, claiming that it contravenes the site's rules on the sale of weapons.

A spokesperson for eBay said: "We have strict policies in regards to the sale of military weaponry, meaning the jet should not have been listed for sale.

"We would like to apologise to the seller concerned for the inconvenience this has caused him."

By the time the auction was pulled, the item had been viewed more than 140,000 times and received bids of up to £94,000.

Leeds-based Wilson, 33, who has sold seven such jets to museums and collectors and claims to possess all the relevant licences, is unimpressed.

"It's a perfectly legitimate item to sell. It's not capable of 'delivering weapons', it's not even capable of delivering a pizza," he said.