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Four all weather stealth multipurpose fighter-bomber of the fifth generation Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II due to the storm and heavy swells of the sea in the area of the military base in South Carolina (USA) not made a flight across the Atlantic ocean to the UK, reports The Times.
“It’s a shame — said the British publication, a source in the Royal air force of great Britain. In his words, “completely incomprehensible reason because of the storm need to postpone the flight all-weather F-35”.
Another military source, The Times stated that the flight was cancelled due to the presence of the F-35 Lightning II single engine. “For half the cost you can buy the Eurofighter Typhoon, the design of which provides for two engines, making it more convenient and safe for flights across the Atlantic,” — said the source.
The decision on cancellation of flights of the F-35 Lightning II took the Royal air force of great Britain, referring to the inability to guarantee the rescue of the pilot, if the last due to any fault of the fighter have to eject into the sea.
After the cancellation of flights fighters left to wait for better weather. The cost of each F-35 Lightning II for the UK, reaches $ 200 million, The Times noted.
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