Sunday, September 8, 2013

Lockheed F 117 Nighthawk

Here are some images of Testors 1/32 scale Lockheed F 117 Nighthawk. This was the first F117 kit to be released and apparently cost over 1 million dollars to produce based purely from photographs taken during test flights as it was still classified. Considering what they had to go on it was a pretty impressive result. This aircrafts appearance was under much speculation during the 80s and model kit companies such as Testors/Italeri and Monogram released speculative model kits on this subject, both kits being called the F 19 as that was the assumed name of the aircraft.

From Wikipedia"
The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is a single-seat, twin-engine stealth ground-attack aircraft formerly operated by the United States Air Force (USAF). A product of Lockheed Skunk Works and a development of the Have Blue technology demonstrator, the F-117 was the first operational aircraft to be designed around stealth technology. The maiden flight for the type was conducted in 1981, and it achieved initial operating capability status in October 1983. The F-117 was "acknowledged" and revealed to the world in November 1988.
The F-117 was widely publicized for its role in the Persian Gulf War of 1991. It was commonly referred to as the "Stealth Fighter", although it was a strictly ground-attack aircraft. The F-117 also saw combat in Yugoslavia; during which the only aircraft of the type to be lost in combat was shot down by a surface-to-air (SAM) battery on 27 March 1999. The Air Force retired the F-117 on 22 April 2008, primarily because of the fielding of the F-22 Raptor and the impending introduction of the multirole F-35 Lightning II. Sixty-four F-117s were built, 59 of which were production versions with five demonstrators/prototypes.

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