The original stealth fighter is being retired.
The F-117 Nighthawk was the world’s first generation stealth aircraft. Its ungainly appearance disguised a remarkable ability to fly almost undetected by radar. The fighter plane saw service in Panama, Iraq, Kosovo, and Yugoslavia.
The plane was developed during the Carter Administration. I still remember the furor over Carter’s revelation of this top secret project during the 1980 presidential election, apparently in an attempt to strengthen his credentials as a strong-on-defense leader.
I saw one of these at an air show at McConnell Air Base here in Wichita a number of years ago. A really remarkable bird.