The National Interest nationalinterest.org 23 Feb, 2021 23:45 am

America's F-117 Nighthawk: What If This Stealth Pioneer Was Never Built?

America's F-117 Nighthawk: What If This Stealth Pioneer Was Never Built?
The F-117 was a remarkable experiment, in that it did not resemble any aircraft that any nation had previously attempted to build.

The F-117 went on to serve in several other conflicts, before retiring as other, more advanced stealth aircraft became available.It paved a path for other stealth aircraft, but its children did not resemble it in the most important particulars.Nevertheless, the F-117 was one of the most consequential aircraft for the future of military aviation, demonstrating the essential viability of stealth aircraft under conditions that the United States could reliably replicate.Stealth has been an overwhelmingly important component to the major military aviation projects of the last forty years, including the F-22, the F-35, the B-2 and the B-21.

The F-117 was a remarkable experiment, in that it did not resemble any aircraft that any nation had previously attempted to build.The Problems The F-117 was a remarkable experiment, in that it did not resemble any aircraft that any nation had previously attempted to build.

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