The Retired F-117A Nighthawk Is Doing...Something...in the Desert - A New Sensor Being Tested?
Retired in 2008, the F-117A Nighthawk is doing who-knows-what in the California and Nevada deserts.
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July 15, 2019 - By Kyle Mizokami for popularmechanics.com
The F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter, the world's first purpose-designed stealth aircraft, was recently sighted high in the skies over Death Valley, California.
The fighter, part of a fleet of jets retired in 2008, was sporting a brand new camouflage paint job and accompanied by a NASA jet and aerial refueling tanker. What was it doing? That's anyone's guess.
The F-117A was spotted on by plane spotter Steve Lewis on July 11.
The fighter was refueling from a KC-135R Stratotanker and was accompanied by a NASA F-15D fighter. Intriguingly, the F-15D was "carrying an unidentified podded sensor under its starboard wing."
The plane completed refueling and then headed east to Nevada...
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