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F-117 secrecy.

Old 3rd Mar 2019, 14:48
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Old 3rd Mar 2019, 15:02
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More extracts from recent social media posts - with photos - published in the The Aviationist:

https://theaviationist.com/2019/02/2...-social-media/
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Old 3rd Mar 2019, 17:49
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Old 3rd Mar 2019, 23:48
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Distraction from something else?
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Old 4th Mar 2019, 09:13
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Well, I didn't see that coming...
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Old 4th Mar 2019, 12:34
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And now there's a rumour that 4x F-117 aircraft were sent on a combat mission over Syria in 2017, using SDBs.

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Old 4th Mar 2019, 13:28
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And now there's a rumour that 4x F-117 aircraft were sent on a combat mission over Syria in 2017, using SDBs.
Is that the same four that have already been mentioned in post #118?

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Old 4th Mar 2019, 19:14
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Originally Posted by Rhino power View Post
Is that the same four that have already been mentioned in post #118?

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Yup. My deepest apologies.

Still, it's BS.
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Old 18th Mar 2019, 13:24
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The Dark Knights

Supposdedly, one of the recently seen F-117A has 'Dark Knights' on its fin stripe thus leading to the conclusion a unit by this name is operating it. Safe to say the previous 37th/49th FW never had a squadron nicknamed the 'Dark Knights'.

https://airforcesmonthly.keypublishi...Pppk-e9N_Ker4k
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Old 18th Mar 2019, 17:04
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Originally Posted by chopper2004 View Post
Supposdedly, one of the recently seen F-117A has 'Dark Knights' on its fin stripe thus leading to the conclusion a unit by this name is operating it. Safe to say the previous 37th/49th FW never had a squadron nicknamed the 'Dark Knights'.

https://airforcesmonthly.keypublishi...Pppk-e9N_Ker4k
Great photo.

I would think that there are a couple of aircraft supporting testing activities and I guess they've got to be operated by someone. Or, it's to mess with the guys out camping in the desert waiting for them to fly over.
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Old 19th May 2020, 01:01
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Californian dreamin’

Appears the Wobbly Goblin plus Edwards based NKc-135 have been out to play off the coast.

https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...lifornia-coast

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Old 19th May 2020, 08:30
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In the linked article it states that it is legally mandated that the F-117 must be destroyed by the end of this decade!
Why under what legislation??
could someone please explain.
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Old 19th May 2020, 09:15
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From: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...last-two-years

Until 2016, there was a legal requirement to keep the F-117s in so-called "Type 1000" storage, meaning that they would be maintained in a state where they could be returned to active service relatively quickly, if necessary. The annual defense policy bill, or National Defense Authorization Act, for the 2017 Fiscal Year nullified this and replaced it with the four-per-year disposal plan. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio subsequently developed what it calls a "migration plan" for how to get rid of the F-117s.
I have no idea how accurate that is. If you google for the Act mentioned it doesn't seem to say 4 a year anywhere https://www.congress.gov/114/crpt/hr...114hrpt840.pdf
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Old 19th May 2020, 12:49
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Very, very interesting article on the F-117 and the RAF in the June edition of The Aeroplane. Well worth a read.
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Old 19th May 2020, 13:33
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Salute!

Not surprising, or maybe it is, but somebody realized we had a 2nd generation low observable platform to use for training and development of tactics when future adversaries have LO platforms, manned and UAV's.

Gotta talk with some of my friends that flew the things, but previous rejoins seem to indicate that the 117 was more optimized for surface-to-air systems than A2A. And that makes sense, as our primary threat at the time was heavily dependent upon good GCI to get interceptors into a firing solution.

Some of us have questioned using F-35's in Red Flag, as "exposure" can be exploited by potential adversaries. Better to keep the actual capabilities as "hole cards", huh?

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Old 21st May 2020, 00:32
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Originally Posted by chopper2004 View Post
Appears the Wobbly Goblin plus Edwards based NKc-135 have been out to play off the coast.
Looks like they were out again today with the tanker from these radio logs:



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Old 21st May 2020, 07:01
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The wobblies plus tanker out and about in broad daylight https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...lifornia-coast
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Old 23rd May 2020, 16:03
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This thread is a blast from the past. The amount of DMs I got questioning me over the (what I thought was a) blatant wind up re marshalling with blindfolds was unreal. It even made it into ARRSE.



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Old 23rd May 2020, 18:47
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Salute!

As one of my foreign students in a old plane said after a long briefing by an IP trying too hard to make points for his annual checkride, walking out to the planes....

"What he say?"

Other student calmly replies, "we go fly now."

Anybody know what AR1 was saying?

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Old 23rd May 2020, 20:02
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Anybody know what AR1 was saying?

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