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Didn't Know These Were Still Flying!

Didn't Know These Were Still Flying!

zevonyumaxray

When they were first removed from frontline service, they were shown at their hangar lineup and were being kept for possible future use. Then there were rumors of them being around Area 51and Tonopah. Then when they started being sent to museums, government hinted they were out of service. Then they started showing up in daytime in Nevada, now flying out of Fresno in dissimilar combat training. Pretty lively for a retired aircraft.


Poopy_sPaSmS

Damn, i just moved out of Fresno 2 years ago.


legsintheair

Congratulations!


DillyMyDilly

Snip-snap, snip-snap, snip-snap


Kigeca

r/unexpectedoffice


ToddtheRugerKid

Yeah turns out it's a great OpFor aircraft.


littlelowcougar

I feel sorry for the adversary pilot in an F-117 charged with dissimilar air combat training against, well, anything.


BoeingTech

They've never stopped flying, they just don't fly in combat...... As far as us mere mortals know.


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Lordofthehighlands

F22 can’t carry it internally


LET_ZEKE_EAT

F35A and C can carry a 2k store internal


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LET_ZEKE_EAT

https://www.google.com/amp/s/theaviationist.com/2012/10/17/f35-jdam/amp/ You're wrong.


leaklikeasiv

I’m betting it’s air to air combat training vs gen 5 semi stealth trash, coming out of Russia and China with the felon and j20


mondobobo01

A secret stealth jet tells you it is retiring…


jaraldoe

Idk, I feel they probably kept flying them even in combat. But I am only a mere mortal so I will never know.


mikeash

They’re obsolete at this point. The F-35 can do all of the same stuff, and more.


TheLastGenXer

The f-35 will always be inferior at looking like a ufo.


RadicalLad25

Okay, but uh, damn that’s good, but, uH, is it as cool looking?


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TheRealPandaNotFake

F-35 can carry 1 GBU-31 in both weapons bays.


Checkmate_135

The War Zone has had a number of good write ups over the years following the F117's. Most recent - [https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42498/stealthy-f-117-nighthawks-have-been-masquerading-as-cruise-missiles-air-force-confirms](https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/42498/stealthy-f-117-nighthawks-have-been-masquerading-as-cruise-missiles-air-force-confirms)


BorisBC

+1 for those guys. Great balance and in-depth reporting and Tyler fucking loves the Nighthawk lol.


BorisLordofCats

The warzone is my daily read.


DensityAtitude

The F-117 is the most studied and understood radar cross-section in the military's arsenal. It is used to support test activities with other platforms. Primarily radar testing.


sparten_90

I read they've been standing in as "cruise missiles" during trainings. Close enough radar CS and performance to the real thing but cheaper to operate.


DensityAtitude

I'm not at liberty to discuss this further.


MaximumWannabe

>LARP


falcongsr

I could tell ya, but then I'd have to kill ya.


falcongsr

same here cause i have no fucking clue mate


BaconContestXBL

r/nobodyasked


ultra_sabreman

Then why the fuck did you post


DensityAtitude

I see you're not capable of reading sarcasm online.


fece

liberty biberty


headgate19

Awww I thought this was funny


Shrevel

I think they're also using it because the RCS comparable to adversary fighter jets.


LordofSpheres

Even at its worst the F-117 has an RCA orders of magnitude better than any adversary plane. The Su-57, probably the closest non-US plane to proper stealth, is estimated at around 1m^2 frontal RCS - similar to a clean, new F-18. The F-117 is closer to 1cm^2, if that. However, it is a good plane to use to train against stealth.


keenly_disinterested

According to www.af.mil: An F-117 Nighthawk lands at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Calif., after conducting a training mission with the local Air National Guard unit Sept. 15, 2021. Two F-117 pilots were participating in dissimilar air combat training missions with F-15 pilots from the 144th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Jason Sanchez)


Calvert4096

I wonder how old the youngest F-117 pilot currently is.


Orlando1701

Supposedly one landed in Kuwait not that long ago after an IFE.


Mr_Mooser

Confirmed. Here is the story: https://www.google.com/amp/s/theaviationgeekclub.com/one-of-the-f-117s-secretly-deployed-to-the-middle-east-to-take-part-in-oir-made-emergency-landing-in-kuwait-scramble-magazine-says/


casual_oblong

"flying" is a generous term for the wobblin goblin


Mully66

I laughed out load to this!


casual_oblong

I love that term for it. Thank God fly by wire because I'm sure no pilot can legit fly this brick without a flight computer keeping it in the air


JethroLull

Stealth aggressors?


dnbchrd

They've kept a few going for spooky stuff is what I've heard.


wordtothewiser

Well I think they land between missions 😂


LenoxBeats

The pilots flying these planes are so lucky!


Derfargin

Isn’t that kinda the point of stealth aircraft?


mattdm311

What still flying? I don’t see anything…


DramaticAlek

As a Serb i can confirm there is a F117 in that picture.


GiantWaterfall

I still think its cool that the stink bug pilot and the SAM commander who fired the missile are still friends.


mustang__1

...too soon


gkaplan59

Just a white box, did this picture not load for anyone else?


Donut-Farts

I think it's the fastest flying pigeon in history


epikgamerwmp

Officially, they are not.


GiantWaterfall

Cats out of the bag now, they have been landing in daylight in major metro areas in Cali lately (Fresno, Navy North Island area) and they are on the front page of [af.mil](https://af.mil) lol.


ontopofyourmom

Right, they're like 35 years old now?


OkBreakfast449

F22 is 20 years old and is still miles ahead of anything else out there. Old does not necessarily mean obsolete


TheSenDest

The B-52 is over 70 years old. What’s your point?


saberline152

sometimes a design is just that good at what it needs to do


ThatHellacopterGuy

USAF Public Affairs ran a story about their recent training in Fresno. It’s official enough.


determinedtofly

Is the front gear not centered or is it just my eyes / perspective?


ryanturner328

they weren't officially until they were spotted at FAT last week afaik


magnum_the_nerd

They using em as Aggressors to teach pilots how to detect stealth planes


JGplanes-

Ah yes, Darth Nighthawk.


TheRealBuddhi

I can’t believe that thing flew in the first place! It’s a tri-corner hat made of LEGO’s!


Maddog11b

This is one of my all time favorite jets. It’s such an oddity and so cool. I love the F-117 and always will, kinda like the A-10, just so ugly it’s magnificent.


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figec

I've read this, too - that the F-117's stealth capabilities is a close enough match for the current near-peers' crafts making it useful for some training exercises. I don't know about dog fighting, though. The F-117's weren't designed for that and are probably pretty easy to out maneuver.


ontopofyourmom

The "F" shouldn't be there to begin with, but "stealth fighter" sounds a lot cooler than "small subsonic tactical stealth bomber." It doesn't even have the basic capabilities of a normal ground attack aircraft. I'm not sure that a true stealth fighter existed anywhere before the F-22, and I think the F-35 is the first stealth plane with real ground attack capability.


TheSenDest

The F-22 has ground attack capability but it’s by no means a bomb truck


BigfootWallace

Saw them working as Agressors in Miramar a little more than a year ago.


Thisam

Certain flight tests only I believe.


Frozenflame1986

What was still flying? Op has a nice photo of the sky there.


SpectraNoodle

I think they are used to simulate adversary stealth aircraft for aggressor training.


happymemersunite

There have always been clouds😂


LettuceShort

It's design is working then, isn't it? 😉. Apologies, I'll see myself out.


tophyr

"flying"