Following orders from a judge, Claude Hendrickson from Shelby Country, Alabama forfeited a vintage military aircraft to the US government because the aircraft had been smuggled to the States illegally.
According to the press released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the vintage aircraft Douglas AD-4N Skyraider is now going to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola. Hendrickson bought the aircraft more than two years ago from a private owner in France.
The Douglas AD-4N Skyraider was seized in May 2009 by the authorities. After the seizure, the complaint filed indicates that Hendrickson failed to register the aircraft with the US. Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms and Explosives. It airplane still have artillery and should have been registered. Furthermore, the complaint also claimed that the pilot that Hendrickson hired to fly the plane to the country provided false information to the immigration authorities.
Hendrickson, owner of Dixie Equipment in Woodstuck, said that he was not aware that the Douglas AD-4N Skyraider has to be registered.
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