The Israeli military is investigating the theft of eight F-15
and F-16 engines from the Tel Nof air base near Tel Aviv, though
the military will admit through a spokeswoman only that "parts"
The Maariv newspaper reported that "parts" stolen were entire
engines. Each of the powerplants weighs several thousand pounds,
and they were reportedly no longer usable in aircraft. The paper
said they most likely had been taken for their value as scrap.
Still, getting the engines off the base would require large
trucks. Maariv says that leads to speculation that whomever took
the "parts" had help from inside the base.