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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Eight jet engines stolen from Israeli F-15 and F-16 jets

I don't recall seeing this one in any Israeli media (Hat Tip: Sunlight).
Someone has apparently managed to steal eight, yes, eight retired Pratt & Whitney F100 fighter jet engines that power F-15s and F-16s from an Israeli air base, according to an AFP article.

How on Earth did this happen in one of the world’s most security-conscious nations? I mean, each engine weighs several tons and requires a serious truck to move them. Can anyone say inside job? For now, the IAF is saying the engines were likely stolen for scrap metal. I mean, the F100 isn’t exactly cutting edge engine tech. Heck, depending on the variant, those stolen F100s may be the version that was plagued with so many problems that it prompted the U.S. Air Force to commission GE to build its F110 as an alternate engine to the F100 in the 1980s.

The real concern here isn’t the technology in the engines being stolen, it’s the fact that the IAF (or at least units at that base) is so corrupt that eight jet engines were stolen in plain view. You can’t exactly sneak them out of a hangar in your pocket.

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At 2:06 PM, Blogger Unbeliever said...

Israel's security focus is a myth. Unarmed Arabs have recently breached the border, with one reaching Jaffa. I'm sure that there are Arabs who work in and on the air base, and soldiers who would steal aircraft engines for the right price. The Prime Minister was assassinated by one man with a .22 caliber handgun. Hezbollah and Hamas have launched thousands of rockets and missiles, with Israel unable to stop them. Israeli commandos landed on a Turkish flotilla ship and got their butts kicked by "activists" armed with metal bars and knives.

At 2:10 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - the Israeli police is corrupt and incompetent. They can't solve serious crimes and they just bragged about arresting a Jew who defended his life from Arab stone-throwers.

If you are ever in altercation with an Arab do NOT report it to the police. Its the Stupid Jew in Israel who trusts his life to cops who can't even investigate a jet engine robbery.

Israeli Jews don't trust the justice system to do its job or to be fair.

At 2:40 PM, Blogger The Lone Cabbage said...

One peace at a time...



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