The Search is On: Name that Plane! (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) by Hillel Fendel 02/28/11)
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The IDF announces that it is seeking the help of the public in
finding – not a missing person, but a name for its newest plane.
The IDF has recently purchased 20 F-35 fifth-generation stealth
fighter jets from United States manufacturer Lockheed-Martin. Though
delivery to Israel of the world’s most advanced attack aircraft is
expected to begin only in 2015, the IDF is already looking for a
Hebrew name for it.
At first, Israel Air Force planes were named after birds of prey,
such as Baz (falcon), Ayit (eagle), and Netz (Hawk). It later became
fashionable to give names such as Sufah (storm), Barak (lightning),
and Ra´am (thunder). The Hercules cargo plane took on the name of the
legendary Greek’s real-life Jewish counterpart, Samson.
The F-35 – priced at half-a-billon dollars each – is expected to be
the last aircraft to be piloted by human beings; unmanned drones are
now taking over the field.
Negotiations for Israel’s purchase of the F-35 took several years,
involving issues of Israel’s part in its manufacture, the integration
of Israeli technologies, and price.
Hebrew names for the plane can be proposed at the IAF’s website, or
by emailing to .
The F-35’s vital stats:
Length – 15.4 meters
Wingspan – 10.6 meters
Height – 5.3 meters
Weight – 12 tons
Capacity – 14.8 tons
Max. speed – Mach 1.8
Range (not including external fuel tanks) – 1,667 kilometers
Armed with automatic 25mm (one inch) artillery, four air-to-air
rockets, and external additions (© IsraelNN Syndications 02/28/11)
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