On August 28, six US Army B-52H Stratofortress bombers participated in a one-day operation dubbed “Allied Sky”. As Business Insider and The Avionist report, they flew over 30 NATO countries. For the occasion, combat and air supply planes from several NATO countries accompanied them during the exercise. But when they were announced among the lists of “participants”, the F-35A Lightning II of the Royal Netherlands Air Force did not finally take part in “Allied Sky”. The cause is a risk of a thunderstorm, which forced the Dutch Air Force to withdraw its aircraft from this mission.

According to Business Insider, the Netherlands did not want to take any risks when a problem with the fuel of the F-35s in question could explode the device if it “meets” with lightning! A design flaw that was only brought to the attention of the Dutch authorities last April, reports Algemeen Dagblad. The army has thus decided that no risk would be taken “if it is not necessary” with the F-35 Lightning, which each cost 70 million euros, confirmed Sidney Plankman, spokesman for the ministry. defense.

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Norwegian F-35s were able to fly

The Dutch army also confirmed this problem in a press release, stating that it was “advised to all countries equipped with F-35A to avoid flights near thunderstorm cells and to protect the aircraft in ground with a shelter or a lightning rod ”. Algemeen Dagblad assures us that Lockheed Martin, the American company behind the F-35 Lightning, is working to find a solution to this problem. However, this should not prevent the Netherlands from creating an F-35 squadron at Leeuwarden air base. Norway did not hesitate to send its F-35s to “Allied Sky”. But the weather conditions were

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