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Published on : Thursday, November 21, 2013
The U.S. military on Wednesday began moving 12 U.S. aircraft on display at the Dubai Air show, to a nearby maintenance facility, ahead of a major sandstorm and thunderstorm expected to hit the region, a spokesman for U.S. Air Force Central Command said.
Major David Faggard said, U.S. officials decided to move the aircraft away from the static display at the air show given forecasts of 45-knot winds and severe thunderstorms.
Air show organisers said, precautions were being taken to secure the display area, but they were unaware of plans by other aircraft owners to move their aircraft.
“It is our understanding that the US Department of Defence aircraft are due to be moved to the maintenance area at the Dubai Air show as a precaution to any adverse weather over night and will be re-positioned on the static display tomorrow,” the air show’s organiser, F&E Aerospace, said in a statement.
The U.S. military brought a wide array of aircraft to the show, including two helicopters, a stealthy Lockheed Martin Corp F-22, four V-22 tiltrotor aircraft, built by Boeing Co, and Bell Helicopter, a unit of Textron Inc , a Boeing F-15E fighter and a B-1 bomber.