Uncharacteristic camouflage of an attack aircraft: the United States celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first flight of the F-117

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The United States celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first flight of the aircraft, which at one time made a real sensation. This is the F-117, which eventually implemented stealth technology. For the first time he took off on 18 (June 19 - Moscow time) 1981. At the same time, the first color of this striking agent aviation had, as they say in the US Air Force itself, "pastel colors that are not characteristic of American combat aircraft." Light brown, light green and brownish paints with their shades were applied to the surface of the aircraft. In this case, the main part of the surface was gray.

At the time of the first flight, the aircraft had the symbol YF-117 as a combat unit under development and testing with serial number 79-10780.



Flight tests of the YF-117 were carried out in total secrecy. For its first flight, the so-called Zone 51 was chosen. Some participants in the program note that the calculation was made on the basis that in the event that an aircraft was detected by enemy control facilities, it would be possible to refer to "the appearance of a UFO over the state of Nevada."

The US press is commenting on why the above mentioned color scheme was used during the first flight of the F-117. The following is reported:

This is due to the fact that with this type of camouflage it is extremely difficult to determine the true shape of the aircraft during its flight.

The “pastel-colored” camouflage option was used for ten flights of the American F-117 strike aircraft. Over time, the aircraft received a more typical gray color for the US Air Force.

During the first tests of the F-117 in 1981, problems with the tail unit were identified. It turned out that the plumage used does not provide the necessary stability of the aircraft in flight. Therefore, in the end, the aircraft received larger tail elements.

This aircraft was produced in a serial version until 1990. A total of 64 units of the F-117 were produced. By 2008, they were withdrawn from service by the US Air Force due to the increase in the number of F-22 fighters. However, a few years ago, they began to be seen again in the skies over American test sites. At the same time, the Pentagon does not comment on the purpose for which the F-117 is lifted into the air after the official procedure of "sending to a well-deserved rest."

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In 1999, the United States lost one F-117 in the skies over Serbia as a result of the use of Soviet-made C-125 air defense systems. Another one was damaged by a missile of the same air defense complex.
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  1. +2
    19 2021 June
    Eh, and I flew in my youth on the F19 simulator (computer analogue of F117)! Best Game of 1989!
    He rose to the rank of general and retired or start a new nickname.
    1. Cat
      +2
      19 2021 June
      Promoted to general and retired or start a new nickname

      Yes ... And you could have seen your portrait in the Pravda newspaper. By the way, there were two games from the then beloved Microprose - F19 with eye-popping graphics and the more beautiful F117
      1. +2
        19 2021 June
        "Capture - 2" they are beautiful there ..
  2. -1
    19 2021 June
    In 1999, the United States lost one F-117 in the skies over Serbia as a result of the use of Soviet-made C-125 air defense systems.
    There was a case! On the ground, local boys did not write fragments of "invisible")) laughing, and eventually to the whole Merikatosia. bully
    1. +2
      19 2021 June
      In the accident, we also lost one plane ... in the internet, the video of its fall is walking.
      Without computer control, an aircraft is extremely unstable in flight ... an iron, in short.
  3. +3
    19 2021 June
    81 years old, nothing was known about him. In the magazine "Foreign Military Review" it was definitely not.
    1. KCA
      +1
      19 2021 June
      Most likely, everything was known, it was just unlikely that intelligence data was published in the ZVO, information was reprinted from open sources, however, I was small, I didn't really read it, so I looked at the pictures
      1. +2
        19 2021 June
        81 83 I was in the GSVG, at the communications center at the division headquarters, I served the postmen in the evening for the military periodical and the Foreign Military Review in the door handles of the offices. This is sacred to read it until morning and return it back. .Kak that this miracle is not deposited in the memory.
        1. +3
          19 2021 June
          something seeped into the "wings of the Motherland" .. not the fact that at 81
      2. +3
        19 2021 June
        In 1993, the film Interceptor appeared, the authors thought at that time that the F-117 was a fighter.


        In the film, terrorists steal an F-117 from a transport plane, and there is an episode of an air battle between two F117s, one of which is allegedly equipped with a computerized all-angle vision system, which is what has now been done on the F-35.
        https://kinoflux.org/20084-perehvatchik-1992-interceptor.html
        1. +2
          19 2021 June
          The first combat use of F 117 in Panama 1989 January, dropped one bomb on the guard barracks. The first press release in 1988 produced the effect of an exploding bomb. In the 90th year I was in Panama, I saw a destroyed apartment in a skyscraper on the top floors, maybe his work too.
        2. +3
          19 2021 June
          Tu fighter, filmmakers took not even so much because of the letter F, but because of the unusualness of the aircraft. But the airborne assault is yes ...
  4. +1
    19 2021 June
    I have a book * Strange flying objects * there is a separate chapter about the F-117. I wrote the date of removal from service in black pen on the margins, the news was joyful for me! And about 30 years ago in the newspaper * Leninskaya smena * there was an article - * UFO over Bor *, and a photo. the article will be saved in the * Space * folder,
    and many years later she caught my eye, but this UFO is painfully familiar to me! I remembered for a long time. F-117, front view!
  5. +1
    19 2021 June
    The United States celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first flight of the aircraft, which at one time made a real sensation. This is the F-117, which eventually implemented stealth technology.

    Remember remember ... laughing

    Now it's the F-35's turn .... Waiting!
    1. +3
      19 2021 June
      spit ... let's wait ..
  6. +4
    19 2021 June
    The "uncharacteristic" camouflage of the Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk 79-10780 is, in fact, the "desert suit" shown in the photo below.
    Source: https://www.flying-tigers.co.uk/2017/lockheed-f-117a-nighthawk-rnhf-sea-vixen-offer-hobbymaster-updates-and-massive-corgi-sale/
    Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk 79-10780 is testing a desert camouflage motif in a test flight.
    Source: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lockheed-F-117A-Nighthawk-79-10780-test-flight-testing-desert-camoflauge-motif-20-Inch-By-30-Laminated-Poster-With-Bright-Colors-And-Vivid-Imagery-Fi/658268790
  7. +3
    19 2021 June
    Finally, 117 was conceived as a demonstrator of technology, but whoever came up with the "brilliant" idea to put it into series, now you will not find the end. The car came out frankly damp.
    Fighter (F) it was named because in those days Congress would never have allocated money for a bomber, which, in fact, the F-117 is. That is, of course, he has a couple of Sidewinder, and if something hits him on occasion, there is something to shoot down or at least try, but so he is never a fighter. By the way, the F-111 became a "fighter" for the same reason, and the fighter from it is not much better.
    As for the shooting down in Serbia, invisibility in some radar ranges does not mean optical invisibility, and in the C-125, no one has canceled guidance on TCEs and detonation on K3.
    1. -1
      19 2021 June
      Optical invisibility does not have a secret, it is visible and axial well, only you need to know what you are looking at, and Tanyusha - C 125 sees him but out of the corner of his eye smile
      1. +2
        19 2021 June
        That's why they sent me to PENZIA !!! wink
      2. +2
        19 2021 June
        Can you do the same thing now, but in Russian?
        1. +3
          19 2021 June
          You can, SHIT F117! smile
          1. +2
            19 2021 June
            The F117 is more marketing and deception than a combat aircraft. wink
          2. +4
            19 2021 June
            Quote: Wolf
            Can, SHIT Form 117! smile
            Throwing the substance you mentioned in all directions is, of course, very convincing argumentation, but hardly worthy of a decent person. No. negative
            1. +2
              19 2021 June
              Do you know when a person believes in Hollywood films, what they call it? WEAPONS USA is good but 50% of their capabilities are just virtual, marketing. Do you know how many Apaches were destroyed in 1999. ?
              1. 0
                19 2021 June
                As an example, Tomahawke was then a super duper and yes, it was a great weapon, but the marching speed was low, it was possible to shoot them down even with an air defense machine gun and hand-held MANPADS!
                1. 0
                  19 2021 June
                  And Tanyusha will give out both B2 and not in the optical bands.
              2. mvg
                0
                19 2021 June
                Do you know how many Apaches were destroyed in 1999. ?

                Shikoko? And the fact that the country was trampled down, practically in the Stone Age? Per month. This is normal?
                1. -1
                  19 2021 June
                  MVG they trampled the country to the stone of the century, and kissed the back of the Serbian Army and Serbs, and this is much more important. THE VOYI OF THE EVIL WILL NOT GET OUT OF DATE AND THE TIME WILL COME THEY WILL AND RESPOND AND PAY CHOO EATED AND DRINKED! wink
                  1. -1
                    19 2021 June
                    As for the Apaches, they just destroyed what then the United States said that the use of the Apaches in 1999. was a mistake! wink When they said can you think how much? smile
                    1. mvg
                      0
                      20 2021 June
                      when they said you can think how much

                      I did not understand anything. But I studied the statistics of losses. Figures from the south, from NATO and from the Russian Federation. And the reasons for the shoot down ..
                      PS: If the article deals with the F-117A, then this is a VERY successful bomber. In Iraq, in the first days, 30% of the air defenses were destroyed by them. Not a single loss. In Yugoslavia, a very stupid loss, the flyer must be punished.
                      And for the Apache ... a gorgeous helicopter, it has no equal in the world. Neither avionics nor weapons.
                      1. +1
                        20 2021 June
                        If you do not understand, we will explain. So F117 shoot down 1, 100% and 3 more with more damage and less severity! On the battlefield TANUSHA - С125 WAS IMPOSSIBLE AND F117 WE WILL BREAK OUT, THEY HAVE ALMOST DIDN'T HAVE TOUCHED the air defense !!! FAILED !!!
                        As for the Apaches, I did not say that they are bad, but if you looked then you know where they were based and how many of them, and how many then returned home. This is not higher mathematics.
                        If Tanyusha had a larger combat unit today, I would probably look at 4 corpses of F117 in Serbia, but not at 1!
                        Then SENT TO PENZIA! wink
                        F 117 if captured from air defense HE IS ALREADY A CORPSE, FLYING LIKE A BRICK !!!
                        I do not know what happened in Iraq and how they destroyed 30% of the air defense, but in Serbia they met with invisible air defense and air defense losses were below the minimum. NATO COULD NOT DO ANYTHING.
                        So after 1999 there was a question: Who is the invisible F 117 or Tanush? laughing
                        They came to the conclusion that it was time for F117 to go to PENZIA and sent it just as quickly as possible with them.
                        F117 concept loser and brick, but no combat aircraft. But if you look at Hollywood, he himself is terrifying Martian. wink
                      2. 0
                        20 2021 June
                        And only for the libertines of HOLLYWOOD, WITH AN ADVANTAGE OF 100 TO 1 AND WITH A TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE OF 1-2 GENERATION OF WEAPONS NATO COULD NOT HAVE ANYTHING THE SERBIAN ARMY NOT TO HAVE, THE LOSS WAS BELOW THE MINIMUM CHILDREN IN ALL ARMY IN ALL ARMY. FULL FIASCO NATO WAS BOTH IN THE WAR AND ON THE TECHNOLOSHKY PLAN. BUT IT'S NOT SHOWN IN HOLYWOOD! wink
  8. 0
    19 2021 June
    Quote: Avior
    In 1993, the film Interceptor appeared, the authors thought at that time that the F-117 was a fighter.

    - It was supposed to equip the F-117 with air-to-air missiles so that it could intercept, for example, enemy AWACS aircraft. It was an easily feasible idea - the weapon bays were huge, and missile targeting could be done via FLIR.
  9. +4
    19 2021 June
    Quote: Nagan
    Finally, 117 was conceived as a demonstrator of technology, but whoever came up with the "brilliant" idea to put it into series, now you will not find the end.

    - And who told you that? You were deceived.
    The car came out frankly damp.

    - Against the backdrop of the Soviet? Martian? Tau Chinese? If you compare with what?
    Fighter (F) it was named because in those days Congress would never have allocated money for a bomber, which, in fact, the F-117 is. That is, of course, he has a couple of Sidewinder

    - He did not have any "pair of Sidewinder", it was one of the possible options, and unrealized.
    ... and if something hits him on occasion, there is something to shoot down or at least try, but so he is never a fighter.

    - Enough to talk nonsense "expert", and mislead the people.
    By the way, the F-111 became a "fighter" for the same reason, and the fighter from it is not much better.

    - For what, "for the same" ?? "Shiza is getting stronger"!
    As for the shooting down in Serbia, invisibility in some radar ranges does not mean optical invisibility, and in the C-125, no one has canceled guidance on TCEs and detonation on K3.

    - It was a deep black night, all guidance was carried out via radar channels, that F-117 just got too close to the battery (lack of planning, lack of intelligence).
    1. 0
      19 2021 June
      Optical invisibility does not have a secret, it is visible and axial well, only you need to know what you are looking at, and Tanyusha - C 125 sees him but out of the corner of his eye 
      1. 0
        19 2021 June
        He was not close to the battery and not one to shoot down! wink
        1. 0
          19 2021 June
          If he was close, he would have lost sight of Tanyusha, it REALLY LOOKED OUT THAT TANYUSHA IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR F 117! laughing
    2. mvg
      0
      19 2021 June
      It was a deep black night, all targeting was carried out via radar channels, that F-117 just came too close to the battery.

      Not certainly in that way. Rather, not at all. The C-125 was modernized with the participation of frogs. We installed an optical-electronic station. And the "Goblin" flew for some time on bombing, like for morning coffee, along the same route, at the same time .. Plus it came out at the bottom of the clouds.
      At least this version is walking. And Lenya Ivashov voiced it.
  10. +3
    19 2021 June
    Here's something, but in the futuristic look of 117 you can't refuse Yes
  11. -1
    19 2021 June
    In short, it sucks. Not an airplane, but a brick with engines.
    1. +2
      19 2021 June
      It doesn't completely suck, but papaus can be made with bricks.
      1. 0
        19 2021 June
        The problem is in Tanush only 1 need to force the combat part, when it is necessary to activate more force of tearing
        1. 0
          19 2021 June
          This means that many planes that were captured by the explosion. Tanushe managed to reach their airports !!!
          1. 0
            19 2021 June
            IF YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE NUMBER OF DESTROYING TANYUSH - C125 AND THE NUMBER OF DESTROYING AND DAMAGE OF NATO AIRCRAFT IN THE 1999 WAR. INCLUDING THE "INVISIBLE" ONLY TANUSHA WAS INVISIBLE !!! wink
            1. -1
              19 2021 June
              It is the invisibility
              Air defense should protect objects, and not hide from aviation
              1. 0
                19 2021 June
                Avior tee is it serious or joking ???
                What would you do if the ratio is 1: 100? Frontline 1 to 100 or from an ambush? It is necessary to BE ALIVE AND WAIT FOR YOUR TIME AND WILL NOT DIE TO EMPTY!
                THE SERBI COULD NOT PROTECT THE OBJECT THREADS THE CIVIL THREADS, THE SIZE OF FORCES WAS ALMOST ONE.
                THE SERBIANS THOUGHT THAT NATO WILL Fight, AND NOT KILL CIVILS AND DESTROY CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE.
                I WOULD HAVE VAPROS AND SERIOUSLY NATO WOULD THROW NAO TO BELGRADE OR NOT ???
                1. +1
                  19 2021 June
                  You know, when you are dealing with, it IS DIFFICULT TO DECLARE KILLERS AND SCHOLARS TO DOWN TO THIS LEVEL! wink
                  1. 0
                    19 2021 June
                    This philosophy of the 1999 war with NATO IS EQUAL TO THE USE OF NW, IT WAS A PROBLEM, AND WHAT RELATED TO THE WAR OF SERBI JUST WAIT FOR THAT THEY WILL COME HIGGER! wink
                    1. 0
                      19 2021 June
                      And for this reason they did not allow the destruction of the air defense !!! wink
                      1. 0
                        19 2021 June
                        MEANS STATEMENTS THAT WE WILL NOT BE FIRST USE YAO WITH NATO DOES NOT DRINK WATER, EOO DO NOT LUDI THEY WILL FIRST !!! wink
                2. 0
                  19 2021 June
                  I completely agree that Serbia had no chance in those events, the possibilities were incomparable.
                  Only this does not mean that this statement makes sense.
                  IF YOU TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE NUMBER OF DESTROYING TANUSH - C125 AND THE NUMBER OF DESTROYING AND DAMAGE OF NATO AIRCRAFT IN THE 1999 WAR.

                  The capabilities of the air defense system in this way are meaningless to compare, such a comparison does not mean anything.
                  There is no need, as the Russian proverb says, to pass off a need as a virtue
                  hi
                  1. 0
                    19 2021 June
                    Avior NATO SIMPLY COULD NOT COULD ANYTHING BUT KILL CIVILS AND DESTROY THE CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE !!!
                    IT WAS FULLY FIASCO NATO MILITARY STRATEGY AND TACTICS !!!
                    IT IS POSSIBLE TO SAY THAT NATO WAS A WAR IMPOTENT !!! wink
                    1. 0
                      19 2021 June
                      EVERYTHING THAT TESTED WAS FIASCOM, EVEN THE DEPTH OFFSET THROUGH ALBANIA !!! wink
                      1. 0
                        19 2021 June
                        Not talking about the technical level of the Serbian army and NATO assassins! Tanya was only 30 years old and she was the most modern among the Serbs!
                      2. 0
                        19 2021 June
                        That's why they wanted to drop nuclear weapons on Belgrade!
                      3. 0
                        19 2021 June
                        AND COMPARISON TALK ABOUT A LOT !!!
                        THE MOST IMPORTANT IN WAR IS THE TACTICS OF USING WEAPONS AND THAT WOULD WORK PERFECTLY !!! But not if it is 4th or 5th generation !!! wink
                      4. 0
                        19 2021 June
                        But I was tired of saying: Great Voivode Zhivoin Misic showed everything in practice, both 1914 and 1918, you need to LEARN !!! hi
                      5. -1
                        19 2021 June
                        And can we add? IF THE VOIVODA MISHICH WAS IN THE RUSSIAN ARMY IN 1914, TODAY THE ESA EUROPE WOULD SPEAK IN RUSSIAN AND WRITE IN KIRILITSA !!! laughing
  12. -1
    19 2021 June
    The real stealth all the following are just a parody
  13. 0
    19 2021 June
    What's the connection with the colors ...
  14. 0
    19 2021 June
    Quote: Wolf
    Avior tee is it serious or joking ???
    What would you do if the ratio is 1: 100? Frontline 1 to 100 or from an ambush? It is necessary to BE ALIVE AND WAIT FOR YOUR TIME AND WILL NOT DIE TO EMPTY!
    THE SERBI COULD NOT PROTECT THE OBJECT THREADS THE CIVIL THREADS, THE SIZE OF FORCES WAS ALMOST ONE.
    THE SERBIANS THOUGHT THAT NATO WILL Fight, AND NOT KILL CIVILS AND DESTROY CIVIL INFRASTRUCTURE.
    I WOULD HAVE VAPROS AND SERIOUSLY NATO WOULD THROW NAO TO BELGRADE OR NOT ???

    - Of course not.
  15. +1
    19 2021 June
    Quote: Wolf
    It doesn't completely suck, but papaus can be made with bricks.

    - But the Serbs are not Papuans! Namely, the F-117 was the main NATO strike force along with cruise missiles that destroyed the infrastructure of Serbia.

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