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F-117: a plastic "freak" that fell short of expectations

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The plane, which was unnoticeable for radar, was the dream of all aircraft designers from the moment the radar itself appeared. The first such aircraft, to one degree or another, was the American high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft SR-71. The technology "stealth" worked on it was first used on a large scale when creating a tactical bomber F-117.


For comparatively high stealth indicators we had to more than pay the maneuverability characteristics of the aircraft. It was extremely unstable in the air, which required the integration of complex automatic control systems. Moreover, the angular shape of the airframe eliminated the possibility of the aircraft going to supersonic speeds.

However, F-117 participated in a number of military conflicts. These bombers carried democracy to Panama, Iraq and Yugoslavia.

Invisible was planned to use the flesh before 2018, but the obsolescence of the aircraft was the reason for its withdrawal from the US Air Force a decade earlier.

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  1. svp67
    svp67 22 December 2017 15: 22 New
    14
    F-117: plastic "freak"
    I like him in this form more ...
    1. ImPerts
      ImPerts 22 December 2017 15: 30 New
      +9
      Quote: svp67
      I like him in this form more ...

      And they could write to us, there would be no complaints drinks
      1. svp67
        svp67 22 December 2017 15: 35 New
        +9
        Quote: ImPerts
        And they could write to us, there would be no complaints

        I expressed my opinion, but since there are already two of us, then:
        "WE LIKE THIS MORE THAN" drinks
        1. ImPerts
          ImPerts 22 December 2017 15: 36 New
          +9
          We are much more soldier
          1. svp67
            svp67 22 December 2017 15: 41 New
            +4
            Quote: ImPerts
            We are much more

            I believe, but I do not like to refer to "obscurity", I like to hear the opinion of EVERYONE. Maybe someone like him in a different light.
        2. BMP-2
          BMP-2 23 December 2017 16: 51 New
          +6
          Although I do not drink, but then I will be the third! hi drinks
  2. Falcond
    Falcond 22 December 2017 15: 37 New
    13
    The article is clearly addressed to ur patriots. I disagree with its name radically! If we talk from the position of amateurs and aviation professionals, and I consider myself to be such, then the aircraft is worthy of attention. As for me, there are no beautiful planes! And this one is also very futuristic to the heap! Well, he did not go, so what ??? It’s wild for me to read the comments of the local sitters (readers) about the fact that everything American and Ukrainian is fucking obvious, and ours is the best! You yourself created something ??? The paradox is that if tomorrow, for example, this aircraft was presented as a development of the Syrian industry (purely hypathetically), then you would have splashed with enthusiasm and applause! So gentlemen, decide: either at the sight of f-117 you see a plane, or "ovskiy scrap metal", etc.
    1. Mik13
      Mik13 22 December 2017 15: 55 New
      +7
      So this people somehow forgets that such aircraft as the Su-27, Su-30, Su-35 are also “extremely unstable in the air, which required the integration of complex automatic control systems”
      Just in one case, it is presented as a Great Achievement of a Great Power Without any analogues (tm), and in another case - as a terrible failure and cut ...
      1. Fighter
        Fighter 22 December 2017 16: 45 New
        +2
        What do you want from people who do not even have an idea about aviation?
      2. Fighter
        Fighter 22 December 2017 18: 23 New
        0
        Interesting: at least one of the “here residents” knows about the “tight connection” on the 27th and its successor the 35th
        1. Fighter
          Fighter 22 December 2017 18: 32 New
          0
          Near not a single airplane was seen, but they imagine themselves as EXPERTS ...
      3. audigamma
        audigamma 27 December 2017 13: 47 New
        +2
        It was just that drying was thought of when designing to increase maneuverability. And 117 is unstable and flies badly because it is ugly.
    2. Lock36
      Lock36 22 December 2017 16: 50 New
      12
      Quote: FalconD
      so beautiful aircraft do not exist

      You probably don't have ugly women either - there is little vodka.
      In order not to injure your vulnerable soul, I will say that the beauty of this aircraft is alternative. He is sort of alternatively beautiful.
      Pleasure in one word.
      1. Falcond
        Falcond 22 December 2017 19: 39 New
        +1
        Even a mouse like you may have an opinion about a cat))
        1. Lock36
          Lock36 22 December 2017 20: 24 New
          +4
          Obviously, your expert level does not allow you to realize that people are living creatures, and the same planes - objects of the technosphere, man-made artifacts and no grounds for such a deep analogy are not visible.
          Let me ask you, you are not a humanitarian for an hour? They often have poorly structured thinking. Although maybe you just skipped classes at school.
          Or are you skipping now? wink
          1. Falcond
            Falcond 22 December 2017 23: 33 New
            +1
            Generally speaking, the environmental safety standards in the aviation sector ...
            So the main thing you do not skip)
            1. Lock36
              Lock36 23 December 2017 12: 50 New
              +5
              Quote: FalconD
              Generally speaking, the environmental safety standards in the aviation sector ...
              Ahhhh, a humanist by education? Well, they would immediately say - what are your questions then ...
              Although here I see get along: it is plastic - where did you look? How to dispose of it? !!! Underdeveloped, underdeveloped ...
              ... Although you are a humanist - what am I talking about? !! laughing
            2. Mavrikiy
              Mavrikiy 23 December 2017 23: 43 New
              +4
              Quote: FalconD
              Generally speaking, the environmental safety standards in the aviation sector ...
              So the main thing you do not skip)

              The Milest One has substituted, and your fate will be sad. What do you have to do with men? How many times have you run away from lessons? And how much will 2x2?
              I hang around and they are being stamped in batches ... KTN ... and he still does not know what it is ... This is the Scientist, this is the Light. this is Svetoch ...., oh, sorry, this is what has been going with the flow since 1990 ..... Poor Russia.
              And environmentalists can only make poop in candy wrappers sent exclusively from ... For another 30 years it has been said: "It doesn’t matter what you drink, it is important that I let you drink!" And here the guys are the highlight - standardization. All Soviet GOST for vodka, water, sanitation .... changed dramatically. "Condates to doctors"
              Dig on the Internet, the standards of crap before and after ... the hairs will settle down, and the mind will think about why we have planted environmentalists. For without them it was easier to breathe and live.
        2. Lock36
          Lock36 22 December 2017 20: 38 New
          +5
          In general, "alternatively gifted" "experts" of your level are in the minority. laughing

          Optimization of the shape of the airframe by the criterion of reducing visibility significantly worsened the aerodynamics of the car. In the official story of Skunk Works (the name of the Lockheed Advanced Development Projects), it was said that when the leading aerodynamics of the department, Dick Cantrell, for the first time showed the desired configuration of the future F-117A, it was enough to hit. Having come to himself and realizing that he was dealing with a unique aircraft, during the creation of which the first violin was played not by specialists of his profile, but by some electricians, he set his subordinates the only possible task - to do so, so that this monster was able to somehow fly. The main problems were seen in achieving sufficient aerodynamic quality in a cruising configuration to ensure a given flight range, as well as an acceptable level of artificial stability and controllability. The angular fuselage, the sharp leading edges of the surfaces, the wing profile formed by line segments - all this is very poorly suited for subsonic flight. As a result, the aerodynamic quality of the F-117A during the landing approach was only about 4, which corresponds to the level of A.F. Mozhaysky's plane and is only slightly higher than that of the Space Shuttle. The landing speed of the aircraft turned out to be quite large, which is why I had to use a brake parachute, which opens immediately after contact with the runway.
    3. antivirus
      antivirus 22 December 2017 20: 10 New
      +1
      Americans did what they wanted
      if you do not take into account the war with the USSR-RF (nuclear war), then sdr could be defeated and crushed everyone
      and the dough is enough now and then
      1. Vita vko
        Vita vko 23 December 2017 14: 20 New
        +3
        Quote: antivirus
        Americans did what they wanted

        A state that can afford to print money in any quantity will continue to do what it wants. Moreover, this is done with the consent of politicians in most countries, including Russia, which continues to increase investment in American securities, and not its own economy. And the "cheers-patriots" immediately turns on a strange selection of this information.
        1. Mavrikiy
          Mavrikiy 23 December 2017 23: 54 New
          +1
          Quote: Vita VKO
          Quote: antivirus
          Americans did what they wanted

          A state that can afford to print money in any quantity will continue to do what it wants. Moreover, this is done with the consent of politicians in most countries, including Russia, which continues to increase investment in American securities, and not its own economy. And the "cheers-patriots" immediately turns on a strange selection of this information.

          Will we turn on the wretched little mind or will we go to Dad for advice?
          If the United States just jerked, then our little machine will just yap .... the United States will disappear. That is why everything is sitting on the priest exactly despite its ALMIGHTY .. Do you have a weight in your pocket? And to you in a hanger, will it be beautiful?
    4. NN52
      NN52 22 December 2017 20: 47 New
      +9
      Falcond

      You pzhl decide for yourself, it is beautiful or futuristic ...
      Siderdel here I will wash you. Where did you get you from?
      1. Falcond
        Falcond 22 December 2017 23: 39 New
        0
        For myself, I have already decided - this is a beautiful and futuristic plane with all its pros and cons ...

        On the "sitler" please do not react insulting)
        1. Mavrikiy
          Mavrikiy 23 December 2017 23: 14 New
          +1
          Quote: FalconD
          For myself, I have already decided - this is a beautiful and futuristic plane with all its pros and cons ...

          On the "sitler" please do not react insulting)

          What flared up, we are waiting for you.
    5. BMP-2
      BMP-2 23 December 2017 17: 08 New
      +3
      Dmitry, I think I'm starting to understand what’s the matter: apparently, the standard of aviation beauty for you is IAI Phalcon 707? wink
    6. Mavrikiy
      Mavrikiy 23 December 2017 19: 16 New
      +4
      Quote: FalconD
      The article is clearly addressed to ur patriots. I disagree with its name radically! If we talk from the position of amateurs and aviation professionals, and I consider myself to be such, then the aircraft is worthy of attention. As for me, there are no beautiful planes! And this one is also very futuristic to the heap! Well, he did not go, so what ??? It’s wild for me to read the comments of the local sitters (readers) about the fact that everything American and Ukrainian is fucking obvious, and ours is the best! You yourself created something ??? The paradox is that if tomorrow, for example, this aircraft was presented as a development of the Syrian industry (purely hypathetically), then you would have splashed with enthusiasm and applause! So gentlemen, decide: either at the sight of f-117 you see a plane, or "ovskiy scrap metal", etc.

      1. I do not agree, well, why ...... sprinkle?
      2. If we talk from the position of amateurs and professionals of aviation, and I consider myself to be such
      Here from the point of meat lovers, are you a lover of devour or fry?
      3. As for me, there are no beautiful planes! Well, judging by YOUR avatar, the most beautiful you have already seen ...
      4. And this one is also very futuristic to the heap! The pile in the courtyard of Kiev is even more futuristic ... and does it have a great future in space? No doubt.
      5. Well, he did not go, so what ??? Well, actually it means that he has not reached the standard. See p4.
      6. ... about the fact that everything American and Ukrainian is g * apparently .... Duc and no questions, correctly described. Only we don’t know the Ukrainian aviation industry ..... Ruin .... so there are such gadgets and they bang their heads ... They will sell the rocket, then the Motherland, then the mother ... And all for a profit ...
      7. .... tired of ...
      1. Nitochkin
        Nitochkin 23 December 2017 21: 38 New
        +2
        It is a pity you can only put one +)) Well "fried" humanitarian nonsense.
        1. Mavrikiy
          Mavrikiy 23 December 2017 21: 49 New
          0
          Thanks for the support, my young friend. We will burn together. ("There are eight of them, there are two of us. The alignment before the battle, not ours ...." But we do not need anyone else. "The truth is always the same ...") On the other hand, the crows croak ... but you can’t express yourself.
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  4. ImPerts
    ImPerts 22 December 2017 16: 19 New
    +7
    Quote: FalconD
    positions of amateurs and aviation professionals

    So are you an amateur? Or a professional? You already decide)))
    Joke)))
    The plane looked very original. Due to this, it looked very harmonious in Hollywood.
    Here is a beautiful airplane too:
    1. Falcond
      Falcond 22 December 2017 23: 35 New
      +1
      Well, here we are talking about a production model that was actually used in hostilities)
  5. HEATHER
    HEATHER 22 December 2017 17: 25 New
    +2
    Shot down. Purely accidentally tracked down. And it played.
    1. freejack
      freejack 23 December 2017 01: 05 New
      +4
      .Purely accidentally tracked down.

      I do not believe in chance ..
      Any accident is the result of very explainable patterns ... hi
  6. Siberia 9444
    Siberia 9444 23 December 2017 13: 32 New
    +4
    Peter Ufimimtsev this is according to his works (book) they could only make this plane! And they themselves could not think what forms the glider should have for less noticeability. But there were other works of this scientist how to look for this stealth in the sky that they did not take into account.
    1. antivirus
      antivirus 23 December 2017 14: 36 New
      0
      it’s visible in the face --- sometimes mathematicians think money poorly
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  8. Lex.
    Lex. 24 December 2017 22: 13 New
    +1
    F-117: a plastic "freak" that did not live up to expectations - or a lame goblin
  9. Tolik_74
    Tolik_74 13 January 2018 14: 24 New
    0
    F-117: plastic "freak"
    They have no plane, everything is a freak. Apparently, the designers are developing all the technology by looking at themselves in the mirror laughing