During a conference at the White House with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, President Trump claimed the United States had begun delivering two types of fighter jets to their country: the F-52 and F-35 fighter jet. The only problem the F-52 doesn't exist.
“In November we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets,” Trump said. “We have a total of 52 and they’ve delivered a number of them already a little ahead of schedule.”
The F-52 fighter jet is a plane that exists in the 2014 version video game 'Call of Duty.' in the game, players are at the helm of the jet soaring through a canyon, firing a chaingun and missiles in a scene reminiscent of another fantasy dogfight — the Death Star run in “A New Hope.”
According to the Washington Post, the President was reading from a statement, and it appears he combined the figure of 52 planes with the “F” designation assigned to fighter jets in the U.S. inventory, such as the F-35 Lightning II.
Lockheed Martin, the defense company that produces the actual aircraft, said in a statement that the Norwegian government has so far authorized funding for 40 F-35s, and has taken delivery of 10 to date. Three arrived at Ørland Air Base in November, spokeswoman Carolyn Nelson said.