This 16-part blog series will delve into the history, mission, and mysteries of Nellis Air Force Base. We will investigate this enigmatic military outpost from its opening in 1941. We’ll look at the base’s numerous military functions and the various conspiracy theories surrounding it. We will also investigate the multiple reports of UFO sightings and extraterrestrial encounters in the area. Join us as we explore Area 51’s mysteries and find the truth about this enigmatic military outpost.
Lockheed Martin developed the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter. The aircraft was designed for the U.S. Air Force to replace older aircraft that were less capable of evading enemy radar detection, such as the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Falcon fighters. It was also designed to deliver high explosives in any weather condition at night or during the day from long distances away from enemy targets. The F-117’s first flight occurred on June 18th, 1981, and entered service in 1983 after six years of development; it is known as one of the most expensive airplanes ever built due to its technological advances, such as composite materials and computerized systems used throughout its design process.
The F-117 was a secretive project while it was in development.
The F-117 project was kept secret until it was revealed to the public in 1988. As a joint effort between the Air Force and Lockheed Martin, the project was kept under wraps because there were concerns about the aircraft’s capabilities and vulnerability.
The Nighthawk took part in every major United States military operation between 1990 and 2008.
The F-117 took part in every major United States military operation between 1990 and 2008. On the first night of Operation Desert Storm, F-117s engaged Iraq’s radar sites, power plants, and air defense command centers. In the early hours of January 23rd, 1991, they flew their first combat mission against targets in Baghdad. The next night they attacked targets deep inside Iraq as far north as Mosul, striking at Republican Guard units on their retreat from Kuwait City. After a short break, while other aircraft flew missions over the country’s southern no-fly zone area during February 1991, the F-117s returned to continue attacking Iraqi forces throughout March and April 1991.
In 1995–96 two squadrons were deployed to Italy for duties over Bosnia and Herzegovina during Operation Deliberate Force; then again in 1997–99 for duties over Kosovo (Operation Allied Force). In 1999 six stealth fighters were sent to Aviano Air Base in support of NATO operations over Yugoslavia (Kosovo War).
According to author Sharon Weinberger, the Nighthawk also saw action during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom: “In Afghanistan it struck Bagram Airfield with precision munitions; then took out Taliban vehicles fleeing Kunduz when that city fell–all without hitting any civilians.”
The aircraft was still being flown in combat as recently as 2008.
In addition to its service in the Gulf War, the aircraft was also used in combat operations against ISIS, Taliban forces, Al Qaeda and their affiliates, and even the Taliban. The F-117 was also deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) as part of Operation Anaconda to support coalition forces hunting down Mullah Omar, who had fled after escaping from Kunduz.
The Nighthawk served as a potent “first day of war” attack asset for the United States throughout its service. The F-117 was still being flown in combat as recently as 2008 during OEF missions over Afghanistan.
Production of the F-117 began in 1978 and ended in 1990, with 64 built.
Production of the F-117 began in 1978 and ended in 1990, with 64 built. The project was initially developed under the auspices of DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), which funded research on stealth technology as early as 1975. Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works division took over development responsibilities once funding was made available by Congress. Construction began at Groom Lake Air Force Base (now called Creech Air Force Base) in Nevada.
The aircraft was first flown on June 18th, 1982, by test pilot Lew Severinsen, who would go on to pass every single flight during its development phase until it went into active service with Tactical Air Command in 1983.
Significant operations included the Gulf War, where it flew 1,300 sorties, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
The F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter was initially built to aid in defense of American airspace. Since then, it has been used to target enemy forces and conduct air strikes during major conflicts, including the Gulf War, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The aircraft was designed for stealth combat operations with features such as its smooth contours and radar-absorbent material. It can fly at very high altitudes (approximately 60,000 feet) using advanced avionics technology that allows it to evade detection by enemy radar systems.
Significant operations included the Gulf War, where it flew 1,300 sorties; in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq (2004).
Designed by Lockheed Martin, now Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, the F-117A Nighthawk is a twin-engine ground attack aircraft.
- The F-117A Nighthawk is a twin-engine ground attack aircraft designed by Lockheed Martin.
- The Skunk Works was a secret division at Lockheed Martin that created the F-117 Stealth Fighter.
- The F-117 is one of the most famous military aircraft in history and is still used in combat missions worldwide.
The aircraft has been retired from service by the United States Air Force and replaced with the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter and the B-2 Spirit.
The F-117 was the first operational aircraft designed to exploit low observability. The design featured a faceted shape and radar absorbent materials (RAM), which were new technologies at the time.
The F-117A was in service from 1983 until 2008, when it was replaced by the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor stealth fighter and retired by the United States Air Force (USAF). It has been called “the world’s most famous military airplane” and “the world’s deadliest fighter.” It combined low observability with high performance that could find, fix, track, target, engage and destroy targets under almost any weather conditions with pinpoint accuracy, “high survivability through onboard countermeasures,”; and capability for ground attack under day or night conditions against a wide range of targets.
The F-117 was designed to evade enemy radar detection to deliver high-explosive ordnance on enemy targets at night and under any weather conditions.
The F-117 was designed to evade enemy radar detection to deliver high-explosive ordnance on enemy targets at night and under any weather conditions. The stealthy jet could deliver battery from a standoff distance, so pilots could avoid enemy ground fire and return safely home.
The F-117 program began in 1975 as an outgrowth of previous research into stealth technology for the F-111B bomber project that President Jimmy Carter canceled in 1977. In 1981, the Pentagon selected Lockheed’s Skunk Works (a division of Lockheed Corporation) for what would later become known as the “Stealth Fighter” competition against Northrop and General Dynamics after winning over General Dynamics with its design concept for an ultra-low observable aircraft platform.
Information on the F-117 has been hard to acquire over the past two decades due to its secretive nature, but with its retirement becoming more of a reality, details are starting to become public.
Read on if you’ve ever wondered how the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter was developed. The F-117A Stealth Fighter was designed to evade enemy radar detection to deliver high-explosive ordnance on enemy targets at night and in any weather. This plane could drop two 2,000-pound bombs or eight 500-pounders daily or night and use its laser-guided bombs.
The first production model of this aircraft flew in 1981 but was not operational until 1983 due to a series of setbacks, including software problems and cost overruns that led to a $1 billion budget deficit by 1986 when President Reagan froze funding for all new weapons systems including this one; however, he later allowed it to continue after Congress approved funds for completion in 1988 which resulted in its deployment against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm between 1991–1992 where it proved effective at destroying ground targets (this aircraft has never been used during combat since).
There will never be another aircraft like the Black Jet again until something better replaces it.
There will never be another aircraft like the Black Jet again until something better replaces it. The F-117 is a unique aircraft that was the first of its kind in many ways. It was the first aircraft to use stealth technology, the first aircraft to use composite materials in its construction, and the first aircraft to use fly-by-wire technology.
While these advancements were made possible by technological advances over time and cost constraints during the Vietnam War era, research projects such as Have Blue (later known as Tacit Blue) would not have been possible without these early pioneers who took risks by experimenting with new ideas.
The Nighthawk was an experimental fighter that became a modern legend.
The Nighthawk was an experimental fighter that became a modern legend. Designed in the 1970s, it was intended to evade enemy radar detection to deliver high-explosive ordnance on enemy targets at night and under any weather conditions. The aircraft’s “stealth” characteristics gave the United States military an advantage over Soviet forces during the Cold War.
The F-117A’s designation indicates its place among other stealth aircraft in terms of design and development history: ‘F’ stands for a fighter; ‘117’ signifies its position as America’s 117th fighter since World War II; A indicates that it was built by Lockheed Martin (whereas B means Boeing).
The F-117 Nighthawk will be remembered as a revolutionary aircraft that led the way for future generations of stealth fighters. It was one of the most advanced aircraft ever built and helped to end the Cold War. The Nighthawk was retired from service in 2008 by the United States Air Force, but many were sold off to foreign countries after American forces no longer needed them. The F-117 was designed to evade enemy radar detection so they could deliver high-explosive ordnance on enemy targets at night or under any weather condition without being seen by enemy forces on the ground below them. Over the past two decades, information on this plane has been hard to acquire.