Riverside Airshow 2006
Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

Otherwise known as the Stealth Fighter, The Lockheed F-117 is really a precision attack aircraft. The first flight of an F-117 took place in 1981 in Nevada. It's unique shape and color was the source of many UFO reports in the 1980s of triangle shaped black aircraft. The F-117 has demonstrated its capabilities many times in conflicts since the invasion of Panama, where it was first used. During Operation Desert shield, Nighthawks from the 49th Fighter Group based at Holloman Air Force base flew non-stop from their home base to Kuwait, a total flight time of 18.5 hours! About 55 of these airplanes are in the USAF inventory, according to the USAF website.

Riverside Airshow, 2006 Index


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