The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
is a semi-retired American single-seat, twin-engine stealth attack aircraft that was developed by Lockheed's secretive Skunk Works division and operated solely by the USAF.
It was the first operational aircraft to be designed around stealth technology and, though it was commonly referred to as the "Stealth Fighter", it was strictly a ground-attack aircraft.
Its design is regarded to be based on the theory that the strength of a radar return is not related to the object's size, but instead to its edge configuration.
Of interest is that the F-117 was made entirely of flat surfaces, because it is admitted that 1970s era computers did not have enough power to calculate the radar cross-section of curved surfaces.
Based on the Have Blue technology demonstrator, the Nighthawk’s maiden flight took place in 1981 at Groom Lake, Nevada, achieving initial operating capability status in 1983 and shrouded in absolute secrecy until revealed to the public in 1988.
Of the 64 F-117s built, 59 were production versions, with the other 5 being prototypes.
The F-117 was widely publicized for its role in the Persian Gulf War of 1991, later taking part in the conflict in Yugoslavia, where one was shot down and another damaged by surface-to-air missiles.
The USAF retired the F-117 in April 2008, primarily due to the fielding of the F-22 Raptor, but a portion of the fleet has been kept in airworthy condition, with Nighthawks having been observed flying as late as in 2020.
The AMT kit was first introduced in 1989.
Obviously, there are significant shape and size issues compared to the actual plane, the root cause being that this kit was rushed into production in 1989, with the only source of info being a couple of actual plane "generalized" pics.
That said, it was a simple and pleasant build, easily falling into the "Like Old Times Built In An Afternoon" category, with the final result being an F-117ish at best, but, maybe, tolerable for a stand model.
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