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USAF Lockheed-Martin F-117A Nighthawk ground attack stealth fighter
The F 117A Nighthawk stealth fighter was first uses operationally 21st December 1989 during the invasion of Panama and later in Operation Desert Storm. It was designed in 1982 and now uses outdated technology. This invisible to radar fighter was shot out of the skies by the Serbian Army during the Bosnia conflict. The pilot was rescued.
The F 117A Nighthawk stealth fighter is coated by with RAM, a radar absorbent material designed to absorb the radar emissions. The F-117’s shape reflects radar energy and a modified exhaust system reduces the amount of heat emitted.
It is a ground attack aircraft and does not have the capability to fight air to air combat. The F-117 Nighthawk relies completely on its stealth capability avoid SAM surface to air missile air defenses and enemy fighters. It is also deployed at night. He term “Stealth Fighter” is therefore technically wrong. It deploys laser guided bombs using infrared sensors for detection and targeting.
During Operation desert Storm the F-117’s attacked vital air defenses targets which then allowed conventional aircraft to strike at other ground targets in comparative safety. They were not fired upon or detected. F-117 flew 3% of the total missions, but destroyed over 43% of the total targets with no reported losses.
Military Airforce Fighter Bomber Aircraft - Airshow Photos
There are many International Air Tattoos and air shows like the one at Fairford Air Base, Duxford, Farnborough, Biggin Hill, Cosford, Eastbourne AirShow, Abingdon UK air show, Boscombe Down UK air shows, Greenham Common, Mildenhall air fete where you can have fun with all the family looking at static aviation displays as well as the acrobatics in the air. You can see many of these planes, Supermarine spitfire, tornado, battle of Britain fighters, warbirds, vulcan,, Lancaster, lightning, mosquito, Eurofighter, VC10, DC10 Shackleton, jaguar, typhoon, sabre, super sabre, delta dart, talon, phantom, falcon, thunderbirds, eagle. Learjet, lockheed, Douglas, McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle, McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II USMC, Vought F4U-5NL Nite-Corsair, McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk USMC, Lockheed HC-130H Hercules, Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Curtiss P-40E Warhawk. North American P-51D Mustang, Republic P-47B/D Thunderbolt Razorback, Bell P-39D Airacobra , Northrop P-61B Black widow, Martin B-26B/C Marauder, North American B-25B/C Mitchell, B-24J Liberator, Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Zero, Hawker Hurricane, Junkers Ju 52, Messerschmitt Me 110C, Messerschmitt Bf 109E, Focke Wulf Fw 190A, Panavia Tornado RAF, Grumman A-6A Intruder, Grumman F-14A Tomcat, Douglas F-18A Hornet USN, Lockheed S-3B Viking, Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, Lockheed C-130H Hercules, Lockheed C-5A/B Galaxy to name but a few
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