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Fact: America Tried to Sell F-117 Stealth Fighters (Any Guess to Who?)
The program was codenamed “Project Moonflower” and was aimed to sell the still top-secret F-117 to the United Kingdom.Newly declassified documents released from the British National Archives reveal that U.S. President Ronald Reagan had offered Margaret Thatcher the chance to work on U.S. advanced military programs  during the 1980s.Among them there were the Space Transportation System (STS, as the Space Shuttle program was officially designated) and the Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter.According to Theguardian.com, Thatcher agreed that for Britain the Space Shuttle program was more cost-effective than the European Ariane expendable launch vehicle.The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) in fact wanted to send two Skynet 4 military satellites into orbit to provide communications across Europe and the Atlantic, and the shuttle launch was priced at £58m – £23m cheaper than Ariane.

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