F-117

An in-depth analysis of the rescue operation of Dale Zelko, the F-117 stealth pilot downed during Operation Allied Force

An in-depth analysis of the rescue operation of Dale Zelko, the F-117 stealth pilot downed during Operation Allied Force

A-10 driver at his first combat mission locates Dale Zelko After ‘Vega 31’ was shot down, there was soon a… Read More

4 weeks ago

An in-depth analysis of how an obsolete SA-3 system was able to shoot down an F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter during Operation Allied Force

Operation Allied Force On Mar. 24, 1999, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) launched Operation Allied Force against Serbia. Lasting… Read More

4 weeks ago

USAF to complete aerial refueling certification of retired F-117 with KC-46 This Month

Aerial refueling certification of retired F-117 with KC-46 to complete this month Even though the US Air Force retired the… Read More

1 month ago

USAF avionics technician explains how stealth aircraft can be seen on radar screens

Stealth aircraft By the 1970s, new materials and techniques allowed engineers to design an aircraft with radar-evading or "stealth" qualities.… Read More

2 months ago

The DON’T ASK and NOYFB patch worn by C-5 crews tasked to bring F-117 aircraft to Area 51: when Nighthawk airframes were secretly transported to the test site via Galaxy airlifters

The F-117 Nighthawk The Lockheed F-117 was developed in response to an Air Force request for an aircraft capable of attacking… Read More

3 months ago

The F-117 Test Pilot who made a successful emergency landing after his Nighthawk nose wheel fell off after upon take off. He was advised to eject from the F-117 but was able to RTB and spare the aircraft.

Tom Morgenfeld Tom Morgenfeld graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering and… Read More

5 months ago

US Naval Aviator explains why in air to air combat a P-51 Mustang would toast an F-117 Nighthawk everyday

The F-117 Nighthawk The F-117 is the world’s first operational stealth aircraft. The Nighthawk is a single-seat, twin-engine stealth attack… Read More

5 months ago

With an RCS of an Eagle’s Eyeball the F-117 Nighthawk was one thousand times less visible than the D-21, the least visible shape previously produced at Lockheed’s Skunk Works

The F-117 Nighthawk The Lockheed F-117A was developed in response to an Air Force request for an aircraft capable of… Read More

5 months ago

“Lone Wolf,” the F-117 that dropped the first bomb in Desert Storm, to arrive at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum ahead of multi-year restoration

F-117 at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum On Nov. 11, 2023 the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon,… Read More

6 months ago

RAF Tornado Navigator recalls when his Tonka was stenciled with an F-117 zap after it made an emergency landing at Tonopah AFB, home of the then top-secret Nighthawk

I said to a guard, “I suppose you have to wait until the surveillance satellites are clear before you fly… Read More

8 months ago

The story of when USAF replaced the debris of a crashed F-117 with those of a crashed F-101 Voodoo to keep the Nighthawk Secret

The crashed F-101 Voodoo had been in storage at the secretive Area 51 in Nevada for more than 20 years,… Read More

10 months ago

Museum of Aviation receives F-117A Nighthawk “Delta Dawn”

On May 19, 2023, a C-5M Super Galaxy delivered the retired F-117A Nighthawk from Tonopah, to become part of the… Read More

11 months ago

USAF Aerospace Engineer explains how Serbs Were Able to Shoot Down An F-117 Stealth Fighter during Operation Allied Force

‘Unfortunately, on the day Vega 31 would be taken out of the sky, the [EA-6B] Prowlers were grounded due to… Read More

1 year ago

The Stealth Fighter that Never Was: How the Secret Development of the F-117 led to the Birth of the Misleading F-19

Models of the F-19 Stealth Fighter started to appear in the eighties and were available from four manufacturers: Revell, Monogram,… Read More

1 year ago

The USAF is looking for ‘suppliers with experience and capabilities’ to keep the F-117 Nighthawk flying until 2034

According to a Request For Information published on Oct. 3, 2022, the Air Force Test Center is looking for ‘potential… Read More

1 year ago

In 1980s the US offered the UK the chance to buy the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter to equip RAF Squadrons but the British MoD declined the proposal. Here’s why.

US President Ronald Reagan had offered Margaret Thatcher the chance to work on US advanced military programs during the 1980s… Read More

1 year ago