A report in British media is claiming that the Royal Air Force, which saved the country from Nazi invasion in 1940, is not ready for full-on combat should another war break out in Europe.
The Daily MirrorÂ reportsÂ that one-third of British RAF planes were either in storage or in maintenance as the air service celebrated its 100th year in existence.
Quoting the Defense Ministry, the news site said that aircraft have been mothballed and taken out of front-line service for periods of time because they need repairs and upgrades.
Figures uncovered by freedom of information requests found that 142 of the RAFâ€™s 434 planes are unavailable for combat duty.
That includes Typhoon fighters, which can attain speeds of up to 1,500 mph and â€œare the last line of the UKâ€™s air defense against Russian forcesâ€ that have also flown â€œdaring bombing missions attacking Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria.â€
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