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Saturday, 20 September 2008


Yes I know that they were engines of destruction etc., but the F117 "Stealth" aircraft always took my breath away.

Depressing I think. Image source: here

Gizmodo reports on what is happening following the retirement of the world's first "stealth" aeroplane - it has to be said that defence is very expensive. After all, the reported cost of a F117A was around $100,000,000!

As a small instance of this, a valve ("electron tube" for my American friends) dealer once told me that he was invited by the British Ministry of Defence to bid for some surplus material.

When he arrived to inspect the material he was amused to see that included were items that he had sold to the Ministry just six months earlier! Unlikely to have occurred I suppose with a F117A...

Until the next time

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