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F-117A Nighthawk

F-117A Nighthawk, also known as the Stealth Fighter.  

This F-117A was off to the side and not officially part of the static display. You can click on this picture to enlarge it; use your browser's "back" command to return here.   This F-117A was part of the static display. It was one of the few planes that was roped off so you couldn't get close to it. The crane in the background is holding up a "Jumbotron" closed-circuit TV display.

The F-117A put on a flying demonstration. It certainly was weird looking, but it did actually fly, and surprisingly well for something with such an unaerodynamic appearance.

More flying pictures, including a composite of a few small pics. You can click on the left-hand picture to enlarge it; use your browser's "back" command to return here.

The F-117A rolling down the runway after landing. In the foreground, you can see Nancy Lynn in her Extra 300L waiting to take off to do her aerobatic routine. In the background, the white cone-shaped object is the Andrews VOR/DME (a radio transmitter used for aircraft navigation).  

Specifications, from a sign posted near the airplane on static display:

Span43 ft. 4 in.
Length65 ft. 11 in.
Height12 ft. 5 in.
Weight52,500 lbs. max.
Armamentup to 5,000 lbs. assorted
internal stores Laser/GPS guided
EnginesTwo GE F404-FID2 engines
with 10,600 lbs. of thrust each
PerformanceSpeed 684 mph / 594 knots
RangeUnlimited with air refueling
Ceiling52,000 ft.

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