A selection of materials used in the making of nuclear weapons have been flying about in the sky, with our Ministry of Defence confirming that the stuff -- thought to be Trident warhead components -- has made 23 flights between the UK and US over the last five years.
The MoD didn't actually confirm the contents of the flights, or where they departed from, but the most commonly suggested answers to those questions are "enriched uranium" and "RAF Brize Norton."
The flights were uncovered thanks to revelations of MoD safety exercises that, for some baffling reason, concentrated on the hypothetical cases of nuclear contamination caused by a plane crashing in Wales. That prompted Scottish National party defence spokesman Brendan O’Hara MP to ask a specific question about the matter in the House of Commons, one that's been answered in writing by defence minister Penny Mordaunt.
Mordaunt explained: "In the last five years, 23 flights carrying defence nuclear materials were undertaken. All flights were between the UK and the United States on fixed-wing aircraft under the control of UK armed forces."
Nothing more was said, lest national security be compromised and certain flight paths become extremely large targets for our enemies and their darknet rocket launchers. [Guardian]