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    Pretty but expensive. Far too expensive. 4 down 134 to go. Expect now with a 25% import tariff of our own materials used to build them.

    Where the Vaseline? I'm feeling the aftern-burn.


    Four new RAF F-35 Lightning stealth fighter jets have landed in the UK.
    The jets, which cost £92m each, made the 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic from a US Marine Corps base in South Carolina.
    The supersonic planes will be based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, where they are expected to be in operation by the end of December.
    The UK's military has committed to purchasing 138 of the US planes from aviation company Lockheed Martin.
    World's most advanced jet in first combat
    A fifth jet which set off from the US Marine base returned to South Carolina after the aircraft took fuel from an airborne RAF tanker.
    The planes had been due to fly to the UK on Wednesday, but the mission was postponed due to adverse weather conditions.
    They will be part of the recently reformed 617 squadron - nicknamed The Dambusters after one of the squadron's missions during World War Two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooterscot View Post
    Pretty but expensive. Far too expensive. 4 down 136 to go. Expect now with a 25% import tariff of our own materials used to build them.

    Where the Vaseline? I'm feeling the aftern-burn.




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    Quote Originally Posted by scooterscot View Post
    They will be part of the recently reformed 617 squadron - nicknamed The Dambusters after one of the squadron's missions during World War Two.
    Hopefully Germany will get the message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zigenare View Post
    Arithmetic isn't your strongpoint, is it?
    Oh mano
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenMirror View Post
    Hopefully Germany will get the message.
    Whit message is that? Export your materials and pay thrice fold for an overpriced fabrication? No wonder we're broke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooterscot View Post
    Whit message is that? Export your materials and pay thrice fold for an overpriced fabrication? No wonder we're broke.
    No - if they do not stop acting like idiots we will bomb the feckers back to the stone age.

    or something....

    why the fook do we need these planes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by original PM View Post
    why the fook do we need these planes?


    We don't. Perhaps it's because of our very special relationship. 138 UAV's would have been more beneficial given the conflicts of the recent past.

    A massive waste of cash. Cash the country doesn't have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by original PM View Post

    why the fook do we need these planes?
    That is possibly the first intelligent question you've asked on this forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scooterscot View Post
    We don't. Perhaps it's because of our very special relationship. 138 UAV's would have been more beneficial given the conflicts of the recent past.

    A massive waste of cash. Cash the country doesn't have.
    Yeah we do.

    We'll very soon have a credible maritime presence(again) that needs some of those aircraft.

    Russia continues to rattle its sabres, and China are still playing the long game. We need the means to defend ourselves and our allies.

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