Discussion in 'Aviation' started by Ord_Sgt, Dec 14, 2006.
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I still think of it as slightly futuristic somehow... Does that make you feel old or what
the wobbly goblin.
they only made a production run of 60,
lost one or two on ops and a few in training, and the wing fell off one at Farnborough air show whilst pulling a measly 4G maneuver.
there plobly not that many left in decent condition for service in enough numbers to justify the costs.
god knows why they called it a fighter with an F suffix instead of an A for attack, as it can only carry bombs.
with the aerodynamics of a tin of baked beans, it flew like a brick, at a subsonic speed with not that much of a range.
it was ok for use against 3rd world nations with old kit, but the latest radars can detect the wake vortex that all aircraft leave behind.
25 is a pretty good run for an aircraft of it's era IMHO. Bear in mind that for all of its development and a fair part of its early service it was almost a figment of peoples' imagination.
I have to agree with you, I also think of it as futuristic. Its main drawback being its low observability was entirely radar-based and wasn't at all low-observible in daylight, which is where the technology used in the F-22 and JSF programmes are aimed. Time will tell how effective this is.
Wasnt the F-117 roumoured as the 'F-19'?
Is that the Farnborough near Baltimore, Maryland, USA?
Not great compared with
In service May 1951 - June 2006 55 years!
25 years ago we were still waiting for Tornado to come into service (ISD 1982) and I think that'll be in service a good while yet.
I think that F117 probably wasn't actually all that good or useful as others have suggested. It was pioneering but had no day capability - I've heard it said that a Piston engined 1940s fighter could take one on with confidence in daylight.
oops, sry, had my mind on two things while typing,
i bend over for my slap.
"it was ok for use against 3rd world nations with old kit"
Bit like Martinis against assagis.
I understand they lost one in one of the Yugo wars, when an enterprising OC air defence 'worked out' how to track one in a special situation.
Good aircraft look forward to 'seeing' it's succsessor.
I read that was the Kosovo campaign wasn't it? a MIG-29 Fulcrum was in the right place at the right time & got a visual on the F-117.
the serbs gave most of the wreckage to the Russians I belieave. some parts are in a museum in Serbia (belgrade?), I remember seeing s photo of the F-117 canopy in it.
Lots of pics here
I think the B52 out does the Canberra by about twelve months?
B-52 Maiden flight 15 April 1952, In service 1955
Canberra Maiden flight 13 May 1949, In service 1951
The rate the B-52 is going, it will out live it.
Yeah ok my maths was a bit pants.... I reckon the B-52 will be around another couple of decades.
interesting pics. the septics should have droped a cluster bomb or two on the crash site.
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