No, The F-117 Never Had Air-To-Air Capability, But One Did Get A Radar
The "Black Jet" never got the ability to shoot down other aircraft, but not due to a lack of creativity on behalf of the Skunk Works team
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June 22, 2020 - by TYLER ROGOWAY for thedrive.com
After years of studying the history of the F-117 Nighthawk program and having written many articles about some of its most obscure elements, one topic that has continued to surface in various forms has to do with the stealth attack jet being used in the air-to-air role.
Comments from a veteran Nighthawk pilot resulted in speculation that this capability may have indeed existed in an operational sense.
The hard truth is it absolutely did not, but Skunk Works and the Air Force did toy around with the idea of enabling the F-117 in the air-to-air arena and giving the jet a radar on multiple occasions during its first decade of existence...
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