Last flight of Air Force Stealth Fighters, April 22, 2008





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The last four Lockheed-Martin F-117A Nighthawks from the 49th Fighter Wing flew from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico to Air Force Plant 42 at Palmdale, California on Monday, April 21, 2008. They departed for Tonopah, Nevada on Tuesday, April 22. Their wings will be removed and they will be stored in their old hangars.

Slideshow of the visit of the last Stealth Fighters at Palmdale.

April 22, 2008 A crowd of aviation enthusiasts assembled in anticipation of the departure of the Stealth Fighers.

April 22, 2008 The local Ford Model A club paraded by on Sierra Highway.

April 22, 2008 Fifteen minutes before the Stealth Fighters taxied out a pair of Northrop T-38A Talons of the 49th fighter Wing based at Holloman Air Force Base took off from Runway 25.

April 22, 2008 NASA Beech 200 N7NA made several touch-and-go landings.

The four Stealth Fighters took off from Runway 25 at 2:00 PM.

April 22, 2008 F-117A 88-0843 of the 49th Fighter Wing is the last Stealth Fighter built.

April 22, 2008 F-117A 88-0843

April 22, 2008 F-117A 88-0843

April 22, 2008 F-117A 84-0824 of the 49th Operations Group.

April 22, 2008 F-117A 84-0824

April 22, 2008 F-117A 82-0800 of the 8th Squadron.

April 22, 2008 F-117A 82-0800

April 22, 2008 F-117A 84-0809 of the 9th Fighter Squadron.

April 22, 2008 F-117A 84-0809

April 22, 2008 The four Nighthawks formed up and made a pass along Runway 22.

April 22, 2008

April 22, 2008 They disappeared into the haze west of Palmdale. They could still be heard as they headed northeast toward Edwards Air Force Base.

There is at least one F-117A assigned to the test force at Palmdale through the fall.

Slideshow of the visit of the last Stealth Fighters at Palmdale.

F-117A Nighthawk

Wingspan: 43 feet

Length: 66 feet

Wing Area: 1140 square feet

Maximum Take-off Weight: 52,500 pounds

Maximum Bomb Payload: 2x 2,000 pound bombs

Maximum Range: 690 miles

Powerplant: 2x 10,800 pound st General Electric F404-GE-F1D2 turbofans



Last flight of Stealth Fighters from Holloman AFB, April 21, 2008

Last flight of Stealth Fighters from Holloman AFB, April 21, 2008 The last four Lockheed-Martin F-117A Nighthawks from the 49th Fighter Wing flew from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico to Air Force Plant 42 at Palmdale, California on Monday, April 21.

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