"I like to collect valuable items," the buyer, Zhang Cheng, told the Associated Press. "I have the buying power, and my company has an empty space where I can display the plane," he added. While Zhang might just want something cool to look at in the lobby every morning, others have had more extensive plans for former Soviet military hardware. This page documents the fascinating life of a Russian Buran space-shuttle test vehicle (look familiar?) that has changed hands—and countries—several times as a potential tourist attraction and is now parked in a Bahrainian desert.