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F-16 Engines Stolen From Israeli Air Base 346

Hugh Pickens writes "Defense Tech reports that several F-16 engines weighing 3,700 pounds each have been stolen from a base in a central part of the country. Israeli officials played down the loss, saying the engines were old or retired and likely stolen for scrap. U.S. security and aviation experts contacted were not so dismissive of the missing engines and said that some countries would see value in having them and taking them apart. 'They're still more modern than anything in the Iranian air force inventory, and they would even be helpful to China in their jet engine development,' says Richard Aboulafia, noting that modern technology engine design remains 'a black art' and that competitors would love the opportunity to study them. This is not the first time jet engines have gone missing. In June 2011, Israel reported the loss of eight F-15 and F-16 fighter engines from a base at Tel Nof near Jerusalem when investigators found the engines had been taken away on large trucks, prompting speculation that the thieves had help from inside the base. In 2009, two F-5 engines were stolen from an airbase in Malaysia, tracked to Argentina and ultimately located in Uruguay."
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F-16 Engines Stolen From Israeli Air Base

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 09, 2012 @07:01PM (#42237179)
    Read it. Learn it. Live it.
    This website will provide you with all the facts and tools you need to solidly refute any socialist debaters who argue we should all be provided government entitlements and destroy wealth by stealing it and handing it out to the underclass. Educate yourself, and those around you. Our way of life depends on it.
  • by pollarda ( 632730 ) on Sunday December 09, 2012 @07:09PM (#42237243)
    I admit, I have the engines. I hooked them up to my Delorean and the Mr. Fusion I've been keeping in my garage.
  • Early Lead (Score:5, Funny)

    by CuteSteveJobs ( 1343851 ) on Sunday December 09, 2012 @07:10PM (#42237245)
    The Israeli government have discounted earlier reports of Iranian involvement, and are now looking for a Mr. Wile E. Coyote.
  • by MartinSchou ( 1360093 ) on Sunday December 09, 2012 @07:12PM (#42237255)

    Are you suggesting that socialists like me are arguing, that we should all be given F-16 engines stolen from Israel?

  • by cervesaebraciator ( 2352888 ) on Sunday December 09, 2012 @07:17PM (#42237283)
    Just a reminder, der national Sicherheitsstaat has no sense of humor. It also wants to know why you've been experimenting with fusion and stainless steel (armored?) cars. Expect a visit from black SUVs in your near future.

    Sorry I had to inform you of all this. It's my responsibility and my burden. Heavy is the head that wears the tinfoil hat.

  • Yes! (Score:0, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 09, 2012 @07:42PM (#42237439)

    They have the engines, and can copy them at will. But they decided to steal the engines from themselves so they can copy them.

    Yes! That is how the World Wide Jewish Conspiracy works! They do something like this that way, they can plausibly deny having stolen the designs. See, if there are accused of stealing the designs and someone points out that they were in possession of the engines all along, they then can say, "But they were stolen so it can't be us!"

    See? You just don't have the reasoning ability to see this clever and crafty Jewish plot! And when I find my lighter, I'll light up another toke and explain how BOTH Bush and Obama are in on this with the help of Fox News!

    They want you to think they are enemies!

  • id10t (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 09, 2012 @07:46PM (#42237467)

    If you hover your mouse pointer over the link it will show you the address. I know you are probably new to the internet so I will give you this one for free. The price jumps next time my friend.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 09, 2012 @08:44PM (#42237823)

    There arent black guys or mexicans in israel. /ba-dum-tish

  • by CanadianRealist ( 1258974 ) on Sunday December 09, 2012 @09:03PM (#42237961)

    Heavy is the head that wears the tinfoil hat.

    Maybe try using a bit less tinfoil next time. The whole roll is definitely too much. If you learn to fold it just right and not wrinkle it you can make a really good hat from a small piece of tinfoil.

  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Sunday December 09, 2012 @11:14PM (#42238807)

    ... next summer's SeaFair hydro races with renewed interest.

  • by Swampash ( 1131503 ) on Sunday December 09, 2012 @11:37PM (#42238935)

    But... but... if the Jews don't hold Jerusalem that means Jebus won't come back! Israel must have the full economic and military support of the USA or Jebus will stay away!

  • Jet engines (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 10, 2012 @03:12AM (#42239871)

    Well if I were the agent in charge the first place I would check would be Jay Leno's garage. He's got every other souped up vehicle ever made, but two jet engines on a 1968 Chevy Impala would be way cool.....

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