Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk

ICAO aircraft code F117
Country United States
New price USD 122 million (1998)

The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is a semi-retired American single-seat, twin-engine stealth attack aircraft operated by the United States Air Force.


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Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk specifications


ICAO aircraft code
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
1983 - 2007
United States
New purchase price
USD 122 million (1998)

Aircraft performance

Kaiser Electronics head-up display
2x 2 × General Electric F404-F1D2 turbofans
10,600 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
594 Kts
1,100 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
150 Kts
Travel range:
930 Nm
1,722 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
0.33 Nm / gallon
0.161 Km / liter
Service Ceiling:
69,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
3000 feet / minute
15.24meter / second
Take Off Distance:
1890 meter - 6,200.71 feet
Landing Distance:
2250 meter - 7,381.80 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
23,814 Kg
52,500 lbs
Max Payload:
2,268 Kg
5,000 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
2,835 gallon
10,732 liter

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About the Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk

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 by the United States Air Force (USAF). It was the first operational aircraft to be designed around stealth technology.

The F-117 was based on the Have Blue technology demonstrator. The Nighthawk’s maiden flight took place in 1981 at Groom Lake, Nevada, and the aircraft achieved initial operating capability status in 1983. The aircraft was shrouded in secrecy until it was revealed to the public in 1988. Of the 64 F-117s built, 59 were production versions, with the other five being prototypes.

The F-117 was widely publicized for its role in the Persian Gulf War of 1991. Although it was commonly referred to as the “Stealth Fighter”, it was strictly a ground-attack aircraft. F-117s took part in the conflict in Yugoslavia, where one was shot down and another damaged by surface-to-air missiles (SAM) in 1999. The U.S. Air Force retired the F-117 in April 2008, primarily due to the fielding of the F-22 Raptor. Despite the type’s official retirement, a portion of the fleet has been kept in airworthy condition, and Nighthawks have been observed flying since 2009.

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