Earlier this week Donald Trump was delighted to announce that the US military had been able to successfully deliver highly advanced fighter jets to Norway.

The President of the United States declared this monumental achievement during a press conference at the White House alongside Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

The Washington Post quotes Trump as saying:

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 only problem here is that the F-52 doesn't actually exist. At least not in real life.

The F-52 is actually a fictional fighter jet that can be found in the video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

We didn't put Trump down as a video game fan, but there you go.

Just in case you are interested, here is a clip of the plane in action.

The confusion appears to have come from Trump's inability to read a script properly.

The Washington Post report that he was reading from a statement and managed to apply the F designation to the 52 planes that the US had sold to Norway last year.

The 52 planes were actually the F-35 Lightning II jets but according to the defence company that produces them, Lockheed Martin, Norway's government had only ordered 40.

A statement from Lockheed Martin spokeswoman Carolyn Nelson read as, via CNN:

Norway has taken delivery of 10 F-35s to date, three of which arrived at Ørland Air Base, Norway, in November 2017 and seven are stationed at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where Norwegian pilots are conducting training.

Lockheed Martin did not confirm whether they would be building any F-52s in the future.

The Washington Post also stated that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not comment on whether the President was a fan of Call of Duty or not.

HT Washington Post

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