US President Donald Trump could well be a secret ‘Call Of Duty’ fan. Recently the US President boasted of selling a bunch of F-52 fighter jets to Norway. Now, there was only one problem with that statement in the real-world scenario. The aircraft doesn’t actually exist. It’s a fictional warplane from the popular first-person shooter video game ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’.
Donald Trump bragged about the reported $10 billion order to the Scandinavian country during a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House on Wednesday. “In November, we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets. We have a total of 52 and they’ve delivered a number of them already a little ahead of schedule,” the US president said.
The ‘Call of Duty’ Wiki page described the fictional jet as being “equipped with afterburners for greater speed to outrun aircraft, as well as air brakes, which provide the fighter with additional maneuverability in tight corners or for avoiding enemy fire.”
Norway purchased 52 F-35 jets and Trump appeared to “misread a written statement and combine the figure of 52 planes with the F fighter designation,” the BBC reported. The combination of the figures and the Letter ‘F’ lead to the confusion that prompted him to imagine that the F-52 was a real plane. Lockheed Martin, the defence contractor that makes the actual aircraft sent to Norway, said it did not have an F-52 programme, reports the Washington Post. However, the White House has not issued any comment on the fiasco.
‘Late Show’ host Stephen Colbert broke down the whole episode for viewers and needless to say, it has gone viral.
Twitter cannot be far behind in this chorus. Twitterati joked about what the jet would look like with some fans of the game even offering to submit prototypes to the White House.
MATTIS: I am not showing this to him— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) January 11, 2018
LOCKHEED EXEC: look it is the best we could do on short notice okay pic.twitter.com/TyNeGsnKJ2
You laugh but I promise you Lockheed is scrambling to design an F-52 knowing that the administration would buy it just to avoid admitting a Trump error— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) January 11, 2018
Just take a step back for a moment and imagine what Fox News and Cult45 would be doing right now if Obama claimed to have sold jets to Norway that only exist in a video game. https://t.co/ZhjHDIqzqL— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) January 11, 2018
The F-52 is one hell of a machine. pic.twitter.com/xck4fIWbZd— Kevin (@thePergola99) January 10, 2018
Trump just said the US sold Norway F-52s (F-52 does not exist)— Luisa Haynes (@wokeluisa) January 10, 2018
I wonder if F-52s were invented in Nambia?
Classified photo of pilot climbing into cockpit of F-52 pic.twitter.com/eU7QBQvBQk— John Howie (@jhowieii) January 10, 2018
F-52 made by ACME Aerospace. Buy stock now! pic.twitter.com/dfHRbgtuqT— John Howie (@jhowieii) January 10, 2018
The F-52's capabilities look really impressive pic.twitter.com/WI2DzIaQwt— Alexander Clarkson (@APHClarkson) January 10, 2018
So ... according to Trump, apparently America is selling Norway a bunch of F-52s?— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) January 11, 2018
The F-52 being a fictional airplane from Call of Duty.
Can't wait to see how much money we can make by selling Wakka Blitzballs and Portal Guns to Israel.
Trump just blurted out the US had sold F-52’s to Norway.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) January 10, 2018
F-52s. An aircraft so secret, even the military hasn’t heard of it.
I, however, was able to secure this highly classified image.
Don’t share. Classified. #F52 pic.twitter.com/6VpFcMm03h
Little does Norway know, but they will be getting the first trump made airplanes. Designed and built exclusively by the trump corporation! F-52!! pic.twitter.com/6izCmWUbAj— EffTrumpEveryDay (@EffTrumpEvryDay) January 10, 2018