Hobby Master 1-72 Air power
HA5810 F-117A Nighthawk "Toxic Death" 79-10781, 1991

In the 1970’s Soviet air defense systems improved and the U.S. realized they had to develop aircraft to counter this. Lockheed Skunk Works was tasked with the job and two aircraft were built under the code name “Have Blue” that proved stealth aircraft could be produced. As a result the F-117 Nighthawk was developed and first flew in 1981 with the first production F-117 80-10785 making its maiden flight on April 20, 1982 but it wasn’t until 1988 that the Pentagon confirmed its existence.

The second Nighthawk produced was YF-117A 79-10781 and assigned to the 410th Flight Test Squadron “Baja Scorpions and named Scorpion 2. In 1991 the first 2 aircraft of five full-scale development aircraft (FSD), 79-10780 and 79-10781 were to be retired early and displayed. In order to do this 79-10781 had to be stripped of its highly classified toxic radar absorbent coating. It was blasted with baking soda in a special facility so the bare aluminum body had “Toxic Waste” painted on the side because it was considered bad luck for an aircraft not to have a name.

Specifications for the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
Role – Fighter/Attack
First Deployment – 1982
Retired – April 22, 2008
Full Scale Development Aircraft – 5
Production Aircraft – 59
Crew – 1
Dimensions
Length – 65 ft 11 in (20.09 m)
Wingspan – 43 ft 4 in (13.20 m)
Height – 12 ft 9 in (3.78 m)
Weight
Empty – 29,500 lbs (13,380 kg)
Loaded – 52,500 lbs (23,800 kg)
Performance
Powerplants – 2 X General Electric F404-F1D2 Turbofan Engine Each Producing 10,600 lbf (48.0 kN)
Speed
Maximum – 617 mph (Mach .092 / 993 km/h)
Range – 930 nm (1,720 km / Unlimited with Air Refuel)
Service Ceiling – 45,000 ft (13,716 m)
Armament
2 X Internal Weapons Bays,
1 X Hardpoint Per Bay,
Total 2 Weapons Capacity Laser Guided Bombs
GBU-10 Paveway II 2,000 lb Bomb
GBU-12 Paveway II 500 lb
Bomb GBU-16 Paveway II 1,000
Bomb GBU-27 Have Void (Modified GBU-24 Modified For The F-117) 2000lb GPS Guided Bombs
GBU-29 JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition)
GBU-30 JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition)
GBU-31 JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition)
INS/GPS Guided Munitions
GBU-32 JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) (WCMD)
Wind Corrected Munition Dispenser
Missiles
AGM-65 Maverick (Air-to-surface Guided Missile)
AGM-88 HARM (High-speed Anti-radiation Missile)
AGM-137 TSSAM (Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile)
AGM-154 JSOW (Joint Standoff Weapon)
AGM-154 JASSM (Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile)