The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is a single-seat, twin-engine stealth attack aircraft that was developed by Lockheed’s secretive Skunk Works division and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF). The F-117 was based on the Have Blue technology demonstrator, and was the first operational aircraft to be designed around stealth technology. The maiden flight of the Nighthawk took place in 1981, and the aircraft achieved initial operating capability status in 1983. The F-117 was widely publicized for its role in the Persian Gulf War of 1991. Although it was commonly referred to as the “”Stealth Fighter””, it was strictly an attack aircraft. F-117s took part in the conflict in Yugoslavia, where one was shot down by a surface-to-air missile (SAM) on 27 March 1999; it was the only Nighthawk to be lost in combat. The U.S. Air Force retired the F-117 on 22 April 2008, primarily due to the fielding of the F-22 Raptor. The F-117 has a maximum speed of 617 mph, a service ceiling of 45,000 ft, and a range of 1068mi. It’s armament consists of two internal weapons bays with one hardpoint each (total of two weapons) equipped to carry:
- GBU-10 Paveway II laser-guided bomb with 2,000lb Mk84 blast/fragmentation or BLU-109 or BLU-116 Penetrator warhead
- GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb with 500lb Mk82 blast/fragmentation warhead
- GBU-27 Paveway III laser-guided bomb with 2,000lb Mk84 blast-fragmentation or BLU-109 or BLU-116 Penetrator warhead
- GBU-31 JDAM INS/GPS guided munition with 2,000lb Mk84 blast-frag or BLU-109 Penetrator warhead
- B61 nuclear bomb
Andrew (verified owner) –
i love the real life version of the f117 so i had to buy these. not just for gaming but for a small diorama display piece. these will paint up very nicely and i am super excited for them! great sculpts and small but good detail.