A limited category special airworthiness certificate is issued to operate surplus military aircraft that have been converted to civilian use under the following conditions:
- The aircraft has a limited type certificate.
- The aircraft conforms to its type certificate.
- The FAA has determined that the aircraft is safe to operate.
- No person may operate a limited category civil aircraft carrying persons or property for compensation or hire.
FAA Order 8130.2, Airworthiness Certification of Aircraft, contains a list of aircraft models that have been issued limited category type certificates.