How much does a F-117A Nighthawk cost?
Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
|Primary user||United States Air Force|
|Number built||64 (5 YF-117As, 59 F-117As)|
|Unit cost||US$42.6 million (flyaway cost) US$111.2 million (average cost)|
|Developed from||Lockheed Have Blue|
Is the F-117 supersonic?
Among the penalties for stealth are lower engine thrust due to losses in the inlet and outlet, a very low wing aspect ratio, and a high sweep angle (50°) needed to deflect incoming radar waves to the sides. With these design considerations and no afterburner, the F-117 is limited to subsonic speeds.
When was the F-117A made?
The decision to produce the F-117A was made on 1 November 1978, and a contract was awarded to Lockheed Advanced Development Projects, popularly known as the Skunk Works, in Burbank, California.
What kind of engine does the F-117 have?
F-117A is powered by two low-bypass F404-GE-F1D2 turbofan engines from General Electric. The rectangular air intakes on both sides of the fuselage are covered by gratings, which are coated with radar-absorbent material.
What is the F-117 called in the military?
The operational aircraft was officially designated “F-117A”. Most modern U.S. military aircraft use post-1962 designations in which the designation “F” is usually an air-to-air fighter, “B” is usually a bomber, “A” is usually a ground-attack aircraft, etc. (Examples include the F-15, the B-2 and the A-6 .)
How was the F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter aircraft developed?
The F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter attack aircraft was developed by Lockheed Martin after work on stealth technology, and the predecessor test demonstrator aircraft, Have Blue, was carried out in secret from 1975. Development of the F-117A began in 1978 and it was first flown in 1981, but it was not until 1988 that its existence was…