Questions tagged [f-117]

The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk was a single-seat, twin-engine stealth attack aircraft developed by Lockheed's secretive Skunk Works division and operated by the United States Air Force.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3
votes
2answers
575 views

Why is the F-117A the only plane to use the fully faceted design? [duplicate]

One of the keys to the stealth capability was its faceted design. The concept is that curved surfaces have a larger radar cross-section. The idea of making all surfaces flat to reflect radar away from ...
11
votes
1answer
2k views

Why was the F-117 retired so quickly?

Why was the F-117 retired after so few years in service (Approximately 25 years) while other military aircraft are in service for many decades? Many of the 60 built should still be air-worthy. For ...
55
votes
2answers
15k views

Why does the F-117 Nighthawk look different than other stealth planes?

The F-117 Nighthawk has flat angled lines where most later designs (B2, F22, F35) have very smooth lines. Why the difference? Are the newer designs 'more stealth'? Do they use a different design to ...
8
votes
1answer
610 views

How did a Soviet SA-3 missile manage to shoot down the F-117 Nighthawk?

This question is about the F-117A that was shot down in 1999. How did an obsolete missile like the SA-3 shoot down such an advanced aircraft for its time? This question has nothing to do with how ...
2
votes
1answer
512 views

Is the F-117 fleet at Tonopah Test Range being mothballed?

Are the F-117s based at Tonopah Test Range still in service? I heard from some reputable sources they are still flying around and being maintained, but someone else told me they are going away ...
25
votes
5answers
7k views

Was the intended purpose of the F-117 Nighthawk originally a stealth-fighter?

Based on this question, I learned that the F and A-Letters in the naming of (military) aircraft reflects what their intended purpose is. A: Attack (Air-to-ground) F: Fighter (Air-to-air) their ...