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Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Jet Fighter Plane

The F-117 Nighthawk was designed and built buy Lockheed's famous Skunk Works as a stealth fighter and ground attack aircraft for the USAF, it first flew in 1981, entering active service two years later for night-time missions only, the aircraft soon gained the nicknames "Frisbee" and "Wobblin' Goblin" with it's USAF pilots. The F-117 Nighthawk was the World's first ever true stealth aircraft, the aircraft's stealth technology and stealth design being given a higher priority than  it's aerodynamics.

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Jet Fighter Plane


The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is due to be withdrawn from active service with the USAF in mid 2008, it's role being taken over by the newer and higher performance, but less stealthy, F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot only
  • Length: 69 ft 9 in (20.08 m)
  • Wingspan: 43 ft 4 in (13.20 m)
  • Height: 12 ft 9.5 in (3.78 m)
  • Empty weight: 29,500 lb (13,380 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 52,500 lb (23,800 kg)
  • Engines: Twin 10,600 lbf (48.0 kN) General Electric F404-F1D2 turbofans.
  • Maximum speed: Mach 0.92 (617 mph, 993 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: Mach 0.92 (617 mph, 993 km/h)
  • Range: 930 NM[42] (1720 km)
  • Service ceiling 69,000 ft (20,000 m)

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Armament:

Twin internal single hard-point weapons bays with a total weapons load of any two of the following:

  • BLU-109 low-level hardened penetrator laser-guided bomb
  • GBU-10 Paveway II laser-guided bomb
  • GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb
  • GBU-27 Paveway III laser-guided bomb
  • JDAM INS/GPS guided munitions
  • Raytheon AGM-65 Maverick air-to-surface missile
  • Raytheon AGM-88 HARM air-to-surface missile

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