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  • F-117 Stealth Fighters May Finally Head to the Boneyard

    04/29/2016 7:38:41 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 32 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 4/29/16 | Robert Beckhusen
    America’s F-117 stealth fighter has been in a state of limbo. In 2008, the U.S. Air Force officially retired the black, angular warplanes but they never entirely went away. For eight years, the radar-evading aircraft have rested in climate-controlled hangars at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada. Here’s why — when the F-117s retired, Congress required the Air Force to maintain some of the planes in case they were ever needed in a future war. The flying branch even kept flying a handful, most likely as guinea pigs for stealth-penetrating sensors … or some other mysterious hardware. Well, that shouldn’t continue for...
  • After A Fiery Speech, A Top-Secret Job Offer In The Desert

    05/10/2015 8:33:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | May 10, 2015 | Daniel Hajek
    ... Easter had a top-secret job offer. If Moseley accepted, he would have to commit for four years, he couldn't tell anyone about the job and he would have to accept the job before knowing what it was. "And he said, 'You've got 30 seconds and if you don't say yes, this conversation never happened.' Well, that was just too intriguing to turn down," Moseley says. "So I said, 'Absolutely.' And he'd given me a telephone number and an intersection." ...
  • How Lockheeds Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business

    04/24/2012 6:41:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    GIZMODO ^ | Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor USAF (ret.)
    How Lockheeds Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How Lockheeds Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How do you hide an airplane behind a bird? Very skillfully. Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor (ret.) flew the F-117 Nighthawk during the Bosnia Conflict, and in Stealth Fighter, he explains the history, operation, and soul America's most advanced stealth jet. While the United States had never embraced a defensive mindset and had only fielded one strategic SAM system to that point, the Nike-Hercules dating from the 1950s, and one real medium-range tactical system, the HAWK (homing all the way...
  • .U.S. Doubts 99 Jet Debris Gave China Stealth Edge

    02/03/2011 4:55:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 1/25/2011 | Elisabeth Bumiller
    Pentagon officials said Tuesday that they were unsure if some of the technology in Chinas prototype stealth fighter jet had come from the wreckage of a first-generation American stealth fighter shot down over Serbia in 1999, but they expressed doubt that much could have been gleaned from the debris of a plane developed in the 1970s. Pentagon officials did say they believe that the Chinese picked up pieces of the plane, an F-117 Nighthawk, which had been strewn over a wide area of farmland some 30 miles west of Belgrade, in the NATO bombing campaign during the Kosovo war. But...
  • China denies stealing American stealth technology

    01/25/2011 10:11:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 45 replies · 1+ views
    PTI via Brahmand News ^ | PTI via Brahmand News
    China Tuesday denied that its stealth fighter J-20 was developed with stolen US technology, claiming that it was a masterpiece of its technological innovation, shortly after an Indian-American was jailed for 32 years by an American court for leaking military secrets to Beijing. Chinese defence officials and military analysts insisted that the country's J-20 stealth fighter jet, which was test flown this month, is a result of the country's own efforts, state-run Global Times reported. "It's not the first time foreign media has smeared newly unveiled Chinese military technologies. It's meaningless to respond to such a speculation," an unnamed official...
  • The Legacy of Vega 31

    01/24/2011 9:08:03 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    In From the Cold ^ | 1/24/2011 | In From the Cold
    March 27, 1999: it was the fourth night of Operation Allied Force, the NATO bombing campaign against Serbia. The effort's initial phase had gone remarkably well; U.S. and allied aircraft had inflicted heavy damaged on Serb air defenses and other critical targets, without the loss of a single NATO aircraft. When the Serbs tried to fight back, they generally paid a high price; three of their MiG-29 Fulcrums had been shot down in the early hours of the conflict, and a number of surface-to-air missile (SAM) batterys had been knocked out of action as well. But the Serbs would soon...
  • China used downed U.S. fighter to develop first stealth jet

    01/24/2011 8:35:07 PM PST · by GVnana · 27 replies
    China was able to build its first stealth bomber using technology gleaned from a downed U.S. fighter, it has been claimed. Beijing unveiled its state-of-the-art jet the Chengdu J-20 earlier this month. Military officials say it is likely the Chinese were able to develop the stealth technology from parts of an American F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999. Read more:
  • Crashed US stealth fighter reborn in Chinas new J-20?

    01/24/2011 4:36:14 PM PST · by lbryce · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Digital Trends ^ | January 22, 2011 | Molly McHugh
    A US plane shot down during the Kosovo war could have gifted the Chinese the technology behind its militarys new stealth fighter. The F-117 stealth jet, called the Nighthawk, grounded by Serbian forces in 1999 during NATOs bombing of the country. Until now, the US military has been the sole owner of a stealth fighter, the Nighthawk being the first. Given the title because of their elusive nature, stealth jets are difficult for radar to detect. The Nighthawks creation was a highly classified project, and after it was shot down, other nations clamored to get a piece of the...
  • Chinese stealth fighter jet may use US technology

    China may have bought parts of US F-117 Nighthawk shot down over Serbia in 1999, say experts A Chinese stealth fighter jet that could pose a significant threat to American air superiority may borrow from US technology, it has been claimed. Balkan military officials and other experts said China may have gleaned knowledge from a US F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999. "At the time, our intelligence reports told of Chinese agents crisscrossing the region where the F-117 disintegrated, buying up parts of the plane from local farmers," said Admiral Davor Domazet-Loso, Croatia's military chief of...
  • China's new stealth fighter may use US technology

    01/23/2011 5:02:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 30 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 01/23/2011 | SLOBODAN LEKIC & DUSAN STOJANOVIC
    China's new stealth fighter may use US technology SLOBODAN LEKIC and DUSAN STOJANOVIC, Associated Press BRUSSELS Chinese officials recently unveiled a new, high-tech stealth fighter that could pose a significant threat to American air superiority and some of its technology, it turns out, may well have come from the U.S. itself. Balkan military officials and other experts have told The Associated Press that in all probability the Chinese gleaned some of their technological know-how from an American F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999. Nighthawks were the world's first stealth fighters, planes that were very...
  • F-117 is leaving the same way it arrived -- stealthily

    04/22/2008 11:08:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 108 replies · 482+ views
    LA Times ^ | April 22, 2008 | Peter Pae
    The Air Force and Lockheed Martin are giving a secret retirement send-off to the world's first radar-evading fighter.They were born shrouded in mystery in a windowless building in Burbank. They flew combat missions over Serbia and Iraq virtually invisible to enemy radar. And today, the black, bat-like F-117A Night Hawks will fly quietly into the night as stealthily as they came. The last four of the world's first stealth fighters will make their final flights from Palmdale to a secret desert base in Nevada, where they will be locked up indefinitely in a secure concrete hangar. But unlike the passing...
  • Air Force's stealth fighters making final flights

    03/11/2008 2:22:34 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 21 replies · 515+ views
    CNN ^ | March 11, 2008 | staff reporter
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- The world's first attack aircraft to employ stealth technology is slipping quietly into history. The inky black, angular, radar-evading F-117, which spent 27 years in the Air Force arsenal secretly patrolling hostile skies from Serbia to Iraq, will be put in mothballs next month in Nevada. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, which manages the F-117 program, will have an informal, private retirement ceremony Tuesday with military leaders, base employees and representatives from Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. The last F-117s scheduled to fly will leave Holloman on April 21, stop in Palmdale,...
  • USAF Photos of the Day: Stack of Stealth In the U.S.A. and A Sad Day In the Oil Fields of Kuwait

    03/03/2008 2:57:52 PM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 14 replies · 5,794+ views
    March 2007; Operation Desert Storm (1991) | Bobbi Zapka, Edwards AFB; TSgt. Fernando Serna, USAF
    1. Four F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighters fly in formation during a sortie over Antelope Valley, California, USA. Photographer: Bobbi Zapka, Chief of Aerial Photo Department, Edwards AFB. Image ID: 070328-F-9126Z-504Link: 2. During Operation Desert Storm (1991) F-16A Fighting Falcon, F-15E Strike Eagle, and F-15C Eagle fighter jets fly over Kuwait's burning oil fields. Photographer: Tech. Sgt. Fernando Serna, USAF. Image ID: 071009-F-2911S-013. Link: (photo 4)
  • The Deployment of 'F-117 Stealth Fighters' in S. Korea Completed(the start of an interesting year?)

    01/11/2007 7:21:20 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 1,029+ views
    KBS (S. Korea) ^ | 01/11/07
    /begin my translation The Deployment of 'F-117 Stealth Fighters' in S. Korea Completed U.S. Air Force in S. Korea announced that a squadron of F-117 Stealth Fighters and 300 personnel from 49th Fighter Wing have arrived in Kunsan airbase today(Jan. 11) The squadron, which came to S. Korea according to rotated deployment schedule of U.S. Air Force, will conduct exercises jointly with F-16's of U.S. Air Force under various weather conditions for next four months, U.S. Air Force in S. Korea explained. /end my translation
  • N. Korea: Holloman squadron bound for Korea (F-117's for 4 months)

    01/09/2007 6:12:25 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 671+ views
    KOBTV ^ | 01/08/07
    Holloman squadron bound for Korea Last Update: 01/08/2007 1:26:04 PM By: Associated Press ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - About 300 airmen with Holloman Air Force Bases 49th Fighter Wing and a squadron of F-117-A Stealth fighters are preparing for a four-month deployment to Korea. Base spokesman Tom Fuller said that the airmen and stealth fighters would leave Monday. He says the regularly scheduled deployment isnt related to any particular situation or event in Korea. He says its an opportunity to keep the pilots and crews on their toes as they practice moving men and equipment over a long distance.
  • Stealth fighter flies toward scrap heap

    11/27/2006 5:10:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 42 replies · 2,018+ views
    AVPRESS ^ | Monday, November 27, 2006. | VALLEY PRESS STAFF and wire services
    LOS ANGELES - Less than two decades after the world first got a look at the F-117 stealth fighter, the first aircraft built specifically to elude radar is scheduled for retirement by the Air Force - and some wonder whether the plane's mothballing is a bit premature. Now part of Lockheed Martin Corp. and based in Palmdale, Lockheed Advanced Development Projects - also known as the "Skunk Works" - was awarded the F-117 contract in 1973 when the group was based in Burbank. One reason for shelving the plane that played a key role in the first Iraqi war is...
  • Stealth jet quietly slips into history

    11/02/2006 4:16:00 PM PST · by NucSubs · 102 replies · 3,514+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Thu. Nov. 2, 2006 | Bill Taylor
    Stealth jet quietly slips into history F-117A fighter retired after 25 years Cutting-edge design cloaked in mystery Nov. 2, 2006. 12:54 PM BILL TAYLOR FEATURE WRITER Almost as furtively as it flew above war zones from Bosnia to Baghdad, America's F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter has retired from active duty. The years had snuck up on it. Though it remained cutting-edge contemporary in many people's minds, the Nighthawk had hit the quarter-century mark. At a discreet "Silver Stealth" ceremony at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico this week, some of the people who built, serviced and flew the plane marked...
  • Plant 42 hails new commander

    07/27/2006 10:06:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies · 678+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Thursday, July 27, 2006. | ALLISON GATLIN
    PALMDALE - Command of Air Force Plant 42 passed to a new leader Wednesday, as Lt. Col. Ronald Ortiz ended his three-year tenure and Lt. Col. Ronald Hirtle took over. The morning ceremony took place outside a hangar, against a backdrop of aircraft that claim Air Force Plant 42 as their birthplace: F-117 stealth fighter, B-2 stealth bomber, U-2 and the experimental X-37 spacecraft demonstrator. "If you look around at these airplanes, they speak for themselves. This is where the cutting edge of the Air Force is born," said Col. James A. Godsey , deputy director of the Engineering Directorate,...
  • Air Force Slates F-117 And B-52 For Cuts F-22 Raptors (????)

    01/20/2006 9:00:29 AM PST · by Bender2 · 388 replies · 19,792+ views
    Space Daily ^ | Jan 11, 2005 | UPI
    Air Force Slates F-117 And B-52 For Cuts F-22 Raptors The Air Force wants to retire the entire F-117 stealth fighter fleet by 2008 and cut the fleet of B-52 bombers in half, but increase the buy of its cherished F-22 fighter from 179 to 183 aircraft. Program Budget Decision 720, the "Air Force Transformation Flight Plan," outlines the service's plan to save more than $21 billion between 2007 and 2011 and direct that money into programs that make the Air Force a "more lethal, more agile, streamlined force with an increased emphasis on the warfighter."
  • Great pic of Stealth Fighter

    10/25/2005 11:55:45 AM PDT · by Veloxherc · 53 replies · 3,545+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 25 Oct 05 | Senior Airman Jet Fabara
    EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- With the American flag emblazoned on its underbelly, the F-117 Nighthawk with tail number 782 flies past spectators at the 2005 Edwards Open House and Air Show. About 120,000 people attended the event Oct. 22. This stealth fighter, the oldest of five prototypes, was hand made before full production of the aircraft started. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jet Fabara) Full Story
  • The best weapons money can buy (F22 Vs F35)

    08/13/2005 8:32:42 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 60 replies · 98,408+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 13, 2005 | Lawrence Korb
    ACCORDING TO MEDIA reports, the Defense Department is considering canceling two supersonic jet fighters that are on the Pentagon's drawing board: the Air Force's F/A-22 Raptor and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. There is no doubt that even with the defense budget at historical highs, the Pentagon cannot afford the $1.5 trillion worth of weapons that the military services would like to purchase. However, although the Defense Department is correct in trying to slash the F/A-22, it is dead wrong in trying to save money by canceling the Joint Strike Fighter. The F/A-22 Raptor is the most unnecessary weapon system...
  • Cheney launches tirade against N Korea

    05/30/2005 10:17:05 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 37 replies · 1,293+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | May 31, 2005 | Francis Harris
    Vice-president Dick Cheney stepped up America's war of words with North Korea yesterday by calling it a police state run by an irresponsible leader indifferent to the fate of his malnourished people.His words came just 48 hours after the Pentagon announced that it was sending 15 F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter-bombers to South Korea, a US ally, for an undetermined period. The aircraft crews, trained to seek out targets with precision weapons, needed to familiarise themselves with the Korean terrain, the air force said. Speaking to CNN in an interview broadcast last night, Mr Cheney described North Korea's leader, Kim Jong...
  • Holloman Again Sends Stealths To South Korea

    05/24/2005 9:25:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,006+ views
    Holloman Again Sends Stealths To South Korea POSTED: 8:26 am MDT May 24, 2005 UPDATED: 8:44 am MDT May 24, 2005ALAMOGORDO, N.M. -- Fifteen F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighters are leaving Holloman Air Force Base this week for South Korea. The 49th Fighter Wing announced the deployment of about 250 airmen and the stealths Monday. About 24 stealths and 300 airmen were deployed from Holloman to Kunsan Air Base in South Korea last summer. Officials wouldn't disclose where in South Korea the new deployment would be going. The deployment comes as North Korea threatens a nuclear weapons test. The White House...
  • 'Little float that could' comes up winner

    01/02/2005 10:08:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies · 578+ views
    Valley Press ^ | on Sunday, January 2, 2005 | NICOLE JACOB
    PASADENA - The Rose Parade float that almost wasn't came through in fine fashion Saturday, not only representing the Antelope Valley as it made its way down the famed Colorado Boulevard parade route, but by also grabbing the Princess Trophy for most beautiful small float, under 35 feet. Float organizers speculated that perhaps it had something to do with the luck and charisma of a few of its riders who had already won a coveted prize in their own field: aerospace designer Burt Rutan and pilot-astronauts Michael Melvill and Brian Binnie of SpaceShipOne fame. "We're just ecstatic," said Mary Rainwater,...
  • AV group works to restart float plan

    12/23/2004 9:21:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies · 275+ views
    Valley Press ^ | on Thursday, December 23, 2004. | DENNIS ANDERSON
    PALMDALE - Leaders of an Antelope Valley Float Association booster committee that is working to get a Valley aerospace-themed float into the Tournament of Roses Parade say they have reorganized the group and that a controversial committee officer has left the project. Mary Rainwater, president of the Float Association, and Bill Graham, a real estate sales agent, said Wednesday that the group's former vice president is no longer affiliated with the effort. Sandy Douglass has "absolutely no participation," Rainwater said. Antelope Valley Press reports disclosed Douglass had a number of criminal convictions for offenses that involved bad checks and other...
  • Stealth Aircraft - Rose Bowl - Flyby Photo

    01/02/2004 11:20:29 AM PST · by rm3friskerFTN · 99 replies · 909+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | Jan. 1, 2004 | AP Photo / Chris Carlson
    Yesterday there was mention that several US Air Force Stealth Aircraft were going to overfly the Rose Bowl. Today I searched for photos of this event, finding several. HOWEVER, in my humble opinion (grin ;-) I think the below photo is the best of the few I found of the stealth overfly event. Please visit Yahoo!News - Sports Photos - AP to freep/vote for this photo to number one status ... Yahoo login required though :-( Stealth fighters and a bomber fly over the stadium during opening ceremonies at the start of the Michigan-USC showdown in the 90th Rose Bowl...
  • Pilots recall early U-2, Blackbird, stealth tests

    11/26/2003 10:23:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 597+ views
    Valley Press ^ | November 24, 2003 | ALLISON GATLIN
    They are among the most recognizable aircraft in the world: U-2, SR-71 Blackbird, B-2 stealth bomber and F-117 stealth fighter. But in the beginning, few outside the cloistered world of their development knew of their existence. There were rumors of strange black shapes in the skies over Area 51 in Nevada's desert. But not even the families of those who designed, built and flew these top-secret machines knew what was really taking shape. Now, many of the tales of those "black world" airplanes can be told. Six pilots from those programs shared their stories recently at the Society of Experimental...
  • Skunk Works fetes 60th anniversary

    08/11/2003 8:40:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies · 400+ views
    Antelope Valley Press ^ | August 11, 2003 | DENNIS ANDERSON
    PALMDALE - Travelers hurrying down Sierra Highway may have noticed the return of a familiar and friendly presence - the mischievous skunk of Lockheed Martin's famed black project workshop, the Skunk Works. He bears a nodding resemblance to the Warner Bros. cartoon character, Pepe LePew, and for decades he couldn't even come out in public. It would be a national security breach to identify yourself as an employee of the Skunk Works. With the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. officially observing the 60th anniversary of the famed hot project shop inaugurated by Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, the skunk emblem is back up...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-WarEndur.Freedom 03/20/03-First Blood,Baghdad,Kuwait

    03/20/2003 5:00:03 AM PST · by Diogenesis · 89 replies · 386+ views
    DOD, IraqiTV, Yahoo, AP, Reuters, and the usual suspects | 3/20/03 | The Valiant Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 03/20/03 - First Blood, Baghdad, Kuwait, USS Kitty Hawk, F-117 BREAKING: Tomahawks launched BREAKING: Baghdad - smoke over al-Rasheed military facility BREAKING: Kuwait - Incoming missile attack BREAKING: Heroes everywhere return from sorties. =========== USS Bunker Hill delivers justice =========== A Tomahawk 'Land Attack Missile' (TLAM) leaves the USS Bunker Hill and other US assets. In Kuwait, heroes of the British Royal Air Force about to deliver justice. ========= Baghdad ========= In Baghdad, smoke rises from an explosion over the al-Rasheed military facility south east of Baghdad. In Baghdad, one of Saddam's...
  • Stealth fighters sent to SKorea

    03/13/2003 2:21:55 PM PST · by vannrox · 7 replies · 355+ views
    The Age - Australia ^ | March 13, 2003 | ByShane Green
    Stealth fighters sent to SKorea ByShane GreenTokyo March 13 2003 The United States will boost its arsenal on the Korean peninsula with at least six stealth F-117A fighters, although Washington denies the deployment is part of an action designed to deter North Korean aggression. US officials maintain that the fighters will arrive in South Korea to take part in military exercises with South Korean forces. Described by the US as a "routine" deployment, the radar-avoiding fighters will be based at the Kun San air base in South Korea, taking part in the US-South Korean "Foal Eagle" exercises that end on...
  • Pilot Suspended After 3 Dummy Bombs Fall(F-117 Incident)

    07/22/2002 6:48:23 AM PDT · by TADSLOS · 25 replies · 371+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | July 19, 2002 | By Chris Roberts, Associated Press
    HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. The Air Force has grounded a fighter pilot who accidentally dropped three dummy bombs, including one that fell on a house. The pilot did not know his F-117A stealth fighter was carrying the 25-pound practice bombs as he targeted trash bins and other structures during a training exercise Tuesday, the pilot's wing commander said yesterday. "This is not the way we do business, and we're very disappointed it happened," Brig. Gen. Marc Rogers said. The pilot, whose name was not released, dropped the bombs on a home in Monahans, Texas, and near roads in...
  • F-117 test force expanding fighter's capability

    04/03/2002 8:23:43 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 8 replies · 328+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | 04/03/02 | Leigh Anne Bierstine
    04/03/02 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) -- With its low-observable stealth technology, the F-117 Nighthawk has proven its ability to fly deep into enemy territory and unleash an array of weapons with pinpoint accuracy. In an effort to improve the combat effectiveness of the stealth fighter, test experts from the F-117 Combined Test Force at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., are working to expand what it brings to the fight. On April 2, developmental test experts in Palmdale teamed up with their operational counterparts from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., to complete the second phase of...