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F-117

In 1964, Pyotr Ufimtsev, Russian mathematician, pioneered the idea that the level of the radar return from an airplane is related to its edge configuration, not its size. Basing on work by the German physicist Arnold Sommerfeld, Ufimtsev demonstrated that an aircraft radar signature can be reduced. By the 1970s, Lockheed analyst Denys Overholser found Ufimtsev's paper and F-117 Nighthawk was born as a black project, an ultra-secret Pentagon program.

The F-117 has a radar cross-section of about 0.001 m2 (0.0108 sq ft). The F-117A carries no radar and whether it carries any radar detection equipment is classified. The F-117 also reduces infrared signature, lacks afterburners, and limited to subsonic speeds.

However, the resulting design makes the aircraft aerodynamically unstable and requires constant flight corrections from a fly-by-wire flight system to maintain controlled flight. A pilot, who flew it while it was still a secret project, stated that when he first saw a photograph of the F-117, he "promptly giggled and thought to this clearly can't fly'". It has low engine thrust due to losses in the inlet and outlet, a low wing aspect ratio, and 50° wing sweep angle to deflect radar waves to the sides. Supercomputers made it possible for subsequent aircraft like the B-2 to use curved surfaces while maintaining stealth.

The 558 Nighthawk's pilots called themselves "Bandits", such as "Bandit 17", that where 17 is a sequential order of their first flight in the F-117. The aircraft was in use during Panama invasion, the Gulf War in 1991 and was first shot down in Serbia during on 27 March 1999 by an antiquate Soviet-made SA-3s (S-125 "Neva" ) anti-aircraft missile. The pilot was recovered by a United States Air Force Pararescue team. According to Serbian anti-aircraft unit commander, they spotted the aircraft on the radar when its bomb-bay doors opened, raising its radar signature. The Serbs invited Russians to inspect the aircraft's remains, compromising the stealth technology. Although officially retired, the F-117 fleet remains intact and some of the aircraft are flown periodically as of 2019.
A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft refuels from a 22nd Air Refueling Wing KC-10 Extender aircraft during Operation Desert Shield. The F-117A is en route to Saudi Arabia.
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A front view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth Fighter aircraft on display at the Department of Defense Joint Services Open House

A front view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth Fighter ai...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Rel... more

A rear view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth Fighter aircraft on display at the Department of Defense Joint Services Open House

A rear view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth Fighter air...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Rel... more

A close-up left side view of the tail section of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth Fighter aircraft on display at the Department of Defense Joint Services Open House

A close-up left side view of the tail section of a 37th Tactical Fight...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Rel... more

A right front view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A stealth fighter aircraft on display at the Department of Defense Joint Services Open House

A right front view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A stealth figh...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Rel... more

A left front view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth Fighter aircraft on display at the Department of Defense Joint Services Open House

A left front view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth Fight...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Rel... more

A close-up rear view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth Fighter aircraft on display at the Department of Defense Joint Services Open House

A close-up rear view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth Fi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Rel... more

A left rear view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth Fighter aircraft on display at the Department of Defense Joint Services Open House

A left rear view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth Fighte...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Rel... more

A partial left rear view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth Fighter aircraft on display at the Department of Defense Joint Services Open House

A partial left rear view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealt...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Rel... more

A partial left side view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth Fighter aircraft on display at the Department of Defense Joint Services Open House

A partial left side view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealt...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Rel... more

Air to air side view of a F-117 Nighthawk Stealth fighter during a training mission. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air side view of a F-117 Nighthawk Stealth fighter during a tra...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Scott Stewart Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Air to air side view of a F-117 Nighthawk Stealth fighter during a training mission. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air side view of a F-117 Nighthawk Stealth fighter during a tra...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Scott Stewart Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Air to air view of a F-117 Nighthawk Stealth fighter and KC-10 Extender tanker flying a training mission at sunset. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air view of a F-117 Nighthawk Stealth fighter and KC-10 Extende...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Scott Stewart Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

View from a KC-10 tanker as of a F-117 Nighthawk Stealth fighter is refueled inflight. Exact Date Shot Unknown

View from a KC-10 tanker as of a F-117 Nighthawk Stealth fighter is re...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Scott Stewart Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

View from a KC-10 tanker as of a F-117 Nighthawk Stealth fighter is refueled inflight. Exact Date Shot Unknown

View from a KC-10 tanker as of a F-117 Nighthawk Stealth fighter is re...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: SSGT Scott Stewart Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

As seen through a night vision lens, a ground controller prepares to guide a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft onto the flight line during Operation Desert Shield

As seen through a night vision lens, a ground controller prepares to g...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... more

As seen through a night vision lens, an F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing rolls along a taxiway during Operation Desert Shield

As seen through a night vision lens, an F-117A aircraft from the 37th ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... more

An F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) sits inside a hangar during Operation Desert Shield

An F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) sits...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

Three 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft are serviced by ground crews during Operation Desert Shield

Three 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft are servic...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

Two 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft taxi into takeoff position. The 37th TFW is preparing to deploy to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield

Two 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft taxi into ta...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Base: Langley Air Force Base State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operato... more

Ground crews service the F-117A aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) on the flight line. The 37th TFW is preparing to deploy to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield

Ground crews service the F-117A aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Base: Langley Air Force Base State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operato... more

An F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) moves in for a midair refueling during Operation Desert Shield

An F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) move...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... more

As seen through a night vision lens, a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft sits on the flight line during Operation Desert Shield

As seen through a night vision lens, a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... more

An F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) sits inside a hangar during Operation Desert Shield

An F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) sits...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft taxis along a wet runway. The 37th TFW is preparing to deploy to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft taxis along a ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Base: Langley Air Force Base State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operato... more

An F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) sits parked in front of a wall during Operation Desert Shield

An F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) sits...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

An F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) sits inside a hangar during Operation Desert Shield

An F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) sits...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

A rear view of an F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) as it sits inside a hangar during Operation Desert Shield

A rear view of an F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

As seen through a night vision lens, an F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) sits on the flight line during Operation Desert Shield

As seen through a night vision lens, an F-117A aircraft from the 37th ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... more

Two 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft sit inside a hangar during Operation Desert Shield

Two 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft sit inside a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

As seen through a night vision lens, two 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft prepare to taxi onto the flight line during Operation Desert Shield

As seen through a night vision lens, two 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (3...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... more

As seen through a night vision lens, three F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) prepare to taxi onto the flight line during Operation Desert Shield

As seen through a night vision lens, three F-117A aircraft from the 37...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft refuels in midair while en route to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft refuels in mid...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Di... more

As seen through a night vision lens, an F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) moves in for a midair refueling during Operation Desert Shield

As seen through a night vision lens, an F-117A aircraft from the 37th ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft is refueled in midair while en route to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft is refueled in...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Di... more

Two F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) sit in a hangar during Operation Desert Shield

Two F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) sit...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

As seen through a night vision lens, a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft turns onto a taxiway during Operation Desert Shield

As seen through a night vision lens, a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft moves into position for a midair refueling while en route to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft moves into pos...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Di... more

As seen through a night vision lens, two 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft sit on the flight line during Operation Desert Shield

As seen through a night vision lens, two 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (3...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... more

As seen through a night vision lens, two F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) taxi onto a runway during Operation Desert Shield

As seen through a night vision lens, two F-117A aircraft from the 37th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... more

Three 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft are serviced by ground crews during Operation Desert Shield

Three 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft are servic...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

As seen through a night vision lens, an F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) taxis toward a runway during Operation Desert Shield

As seen through a night vision lens, an F-117A aircraft from the 37th ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... more

As seen through a night vision lens, a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft moves in for a midair refueling during Operation Desert Shield

As seen through a night vision lens, a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

As seen through a night vision lens, two 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft taxi on the flight line during Operation Desert Shield

As seen through a night vision lens, two 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (3...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft sits inside a hangar during Operation Desert Shield

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft sits inside a ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft flies off the starboard wing of a tanker aircraft while en route to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft flies off the ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... more

An F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) rolls down a taxiway. The 37th TFW is preparing to deploy to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield

An F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) roll...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Base: Langley Air Force Base State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operato... more

As seen through a night vision lens, a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft sits on the flight line during Operation Desert Shield

As seen through a night vision lens, a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft sits inside a hangar during Operation Desert Shield

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft sits inside a ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

Three F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) are serviced outside their hangar during Operation Desert Shield

Three F-117A aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft sits parked beside a taxiway during Operation Desert Shield

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (37th TFW) F-117A aircraft sits parked be...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

Ground support personnel from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing gather beside one of the wing's F-117A aircraft during Operation Desert Shield

Ground support personnel from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing gather be...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

COL. Alton Whitley, commanding officer of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, stands in front of one of his Wing's F-117A aircraft during Operation Desert Shield

COL. Alton Whitley, commanding officer of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wi...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

Ground crewmen service a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A aircraft parked in a revetment during Operation Desert Shield

Ground crewmen service a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A aircraft pa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Hans H. Deffner Release Status: Released to Publi... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117 Stealth Fighter aircraft stands on a runway during Operation Desert Storm.

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117 Stealth Fighter aircraft stands on ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Rose Reynolds Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117 Stealth Fighter Aircraft takes off on a mission during Operation Desert Storm.

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117 Stealth Fighter Aircraft takes off ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Rose Reynolds Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117 Stealth Fighter aircraft lands during Operation Desert Storm.

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117 Stealth Fighter aircraft lands duri...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Rose Reynolds Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117 Stealth Fighter aircraft lands during Operation Desert Storm.

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117 Stealth Fighter aircraft lands duri...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Rose Reynolds Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... more

An F-117 Stealth Fighter aircraft lands following a mission during Operation Desert Storm.

An F-117 Stealth Fighter aircraft lands following a mission during Ope...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Rose Reynolds Release Status: Released to Public Co... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117 stealth fighter aircraft lands during Operation Desert Storm.

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117 stealth fighter aircraft lands duri...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Rose Reynolds Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... more

Ground crew members of the 37th Tactical Air Wing converse prior to readying the F-117A aircraft for a mission in support of Operation Desert Shield

Ground crew members of the 37th Tactical Air Wing converse prior to re...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Saudi Arabia (SAU) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military... more

F-117 stealth fighter aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing stand on the flight line with canopies raised following their return from Saudi Arabia where they took part in Operation Desert Storm.

F-117 stealth fighter aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing stand...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Base: Nellis Air Force Base State: Nevada(NV) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT... more

In preparation for the flight home after Operation Desert Storm, F-117A stealth fighter aircraft pilot MAJ. Joe Bowley and crew chief STAFF SGT. David Owings of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing review the pre-flight checklist.

In preparation for the flight home after Operation Desert Storm, F-117...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM REDEPLOYMENT Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. Kimberly Yearyean Release Status: Released t... more

An F-117A stealth fighter aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing sits on the taxiway while the pilot waits for clearance to takeoff for the flight home after Operation Desert Storm.

An F-117A stealth fighter aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing s...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM REDEPLOYMENT Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. Kimberly Yearyean Release Status: Released t... more

A ground crewman communicates with the pilot of an F-117A stealth fighter aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing prior to the flight back home after Operation Desert Storm.

A ground crewman communicates with the pilot of an F-117A stealth figh...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. Kimberly Yearyean Release Status: Released to Public Comb... more

An F-117 stealth fighter aircraft takes off on its return flight to the United States following deployment to the region during Operation Desert Storm.

An F-117 stealth fighter aircraft takes off on its return flight to th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. Kimberly Yearyean Release Status: Released to Public Comb... more

An F-117A stealth fighter aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing sits on the taxiway while the pilot waits for clearance to takeoff for the flight home after Operation Desert Storm.

An F-117A stealth fighter aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing s...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. Kimberly Yearyean Release Status: Released to Public Comb... more

An F-117A stealth fighter aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing takes off for the flight back home after OPERATION DESERT STORM.

An F-117A stealth fighter aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Kimberly Yearean Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

An F-117A stealth fighter aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing rolls toward the runway for the flight back home after OPERATION DESERT STORM.

An F-117A stealth fighter aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing r...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Kimberly Yearean Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

A ground crewman communicates with the pilot of an F-117A stealth fighter aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing prior to the flight back home after Operation Desert Storm.

A ground crewman communicates with the pilot of an F-117A stealth figh...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM REDEPLOYMENT Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. Kimberly Yearyean Release Status: Released t... more

STAFF SGT. David Owings, crew chief, with the 37th Aircraft Generation Squadron, communicates with MAJ. Joe Bowley, pilot, seated in the cockpit of an F-117 Stealth Fighter aircraft as they prepare to return to the United States after serving in the region during Operation Desert Storm.

STAFF SGT. David Owings, crew chief, with the 37th Aircraft Generation...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. Kimberly Yearyean Release Status: Released to Public Comb... more

STAFF SGT. David Owings, crew chief, communicates with MAJ. Joe Bowley, a fighter pilot with the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, as Bowley performs a preflight check of his F-117 Stealth Fighter aircraft in preparation for redeployment to the United States in the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm.

STAFF SGT. David Owings, crew chief, communicates with MAJ. Joe Bowley...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. Kimberly Yearyean Release Status: Released to Public Comb... more

An F-117A stealth fighter aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing on its way home after Operation Desert Storm.

An F-117A stealth fighter aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. Kimberly Yearyean Release Status: Released to Public Comb... more

MAJ Joe Bowley of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing performs a preflight inspection on his F-117A stealth fighter aircraft in preparation for the flight home after OPERATION DESERT STORM.

MAJ Joe Bowley of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing performs a preflight ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Kimberly Yearean Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

An F-117 Stealth Fighter aircraft takes off on its return flight to the United States following deployment in the region during Operation Desert Storm.

An F-117 Stealth Fighter aircraft takes off on its return flight to th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. Kimberly Yearyean Release Status: Released to Public Comb... more

In preparation for the flight home after Operation Desert Storm, F-117 stealth fighter aircraft crew chief STAFF SGT. David Owings helps pilot MAJ. Joe Bowley of the 37th Tactical Fighter wing get settled in the cockpit.

In preparation for the flight home after Operation Desert Storm, F-117...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM REDEPLOYMENT Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. Kimberly Yearyean Release Status: Released t... more

STAFF SGT. David Owings, crew chief, communicates with MAJ. Joe Bowley, a fighter pilot with the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, as Bowley performs a preflight check of his F-117 stealth fighter aircraft in preparation for redeployment to the United States in the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm.

STAFF SGT. David Owings, crew chief, communicates with MAJ. Joe Bowley...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. Kimberly Yearyean Release Status: Released to Public Comb... more

STAFF SGT. David Owings, crew chief, communicates with MAJ. Joe Bowley, a fighter pilot with the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, as Bowley prepares his F-117 Stealth Fighter aircraft for takeoff. Bowley is returning to the United States following deployment to the region during Operation Desert Storm.

STAFF SGT. David Owings, crew chief, communicates with MAJ. Joe Bowley...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. Kimberly Yearyean Release Status: Released to Public Comb... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117 stealth fighter aircraft taxis on the runway as it prepares to takeoff on a return flight to the United States following deployment in the region during Operation Desert Storm.

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117 stealth fighter aircraft taxis on t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. Kimberly Yearyean Release Status: Released to Public Comb... more

Pilot MAJ. Joe Bowley of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing sits in the cockpit of this F-117A stealth fighter aircraft while getting ready for the flight home after Operation Desert Storm.

Pilot MAJ. Joe Bowley of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing sits in the co...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM REDEPLOYMENT Country: Saudi Arabia(SAU) Scene Camera Operator: SGT. Kimberly Yearyean Release Status: Released t... more

A left rear view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A aircraft on display at the 1991 Department of Defense Joint Services Open House

A left rear view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A aircraft on di...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Rel... more

A view of the mission markings painted beneath the cockpit of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A aircraft on display at the 1991 Department of Defense Joint Services Open House. The missions were flown during Operation Desert Storm

A view of the mission markings painted beneath the cockpit of a 37th T...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator... more

A right front view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A aircraft on display at the 1991 Department of Defense Joint Services Open House

A right front view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A aircraft on ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Andrews Air Force Base State: Maryland (MD) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Rel... more

A U.S. Air Force crewchief and a model of a F-117A Stealth aircraft are being towed in the National Victory Celebration parade honoring the coalition forces of Desert Storm

A U.S. Air Force crewchief and a model of a F-117A Stealth aircraft ar...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator... more

Spectators gather to watch F-117 aircraft fly over the U.S. Capitol prior to the start of the National Victory Celebration which is being held in honor of Allied forces' liberation of Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm

Spectators gather to watch F-117 aircraft fly over the U.S. Capitol pr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT STORM Base: Washington State: District Of Columbia (DC) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator... more

An F-117A Stealth Fighter aircraft stands on the flight line as part of a static display at the Paris Air Show. A laser-guided bomb is on display in front of the aircraft.

An F-117A Stealth Fighter aircraft stands on the flight line as part o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Paris Country: France(FRA) Scene Camera Operator: JO2 Hatzakos Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An F/A-18A Hornet aircraft, left, an F-14A Tomcat aircraft, center, and an F-117A aircraft sit on display at the 1991 Paris Air Show. The Hornet and the Tomcat are from the U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron 137 (VFA-137) and Fighter Squadron 11 (VF-11), respectively, and the F-117A is assigned to the U.S. Air Force's 37th Tactical Fighter Wing

An F/A-18A Hornet aircraft, left, an F-14A Tomcat aircraft, center, an...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Paris Country: France(FRA) Scene Camera Operator: JO2 Hatzakos Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A crowd gathers around a U.S. Air Force F-117A aircraft of the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing on display at the 1991 Paris Air Show

A crowd gathers around a U.S. Air Force F-117A aircraft of the 37th Ta...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Paris Country: France(FRA) Scene Camera Operator: JO2 Hatzakos Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

U.S. Air Force security police guard a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A aircraft on display at the 1991 Paris Air Show. A Paveway II laser-guided bomb is on a pedestal in front of the aircraft.

U.S. Air Force security police guard a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-11...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Paris Country: France(FRA) Scene Camera Operator: JO1 Hatzakos Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

U.S. Air Force security police stand at parade rest around a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A aircraft on display at the 1991 Paris Air Show. Two Paveway II laser-guided bombs are in front of the aircraft.

U.S. Air Force security police stand at parade rest around a 37th Tact...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Paris Country: France(FRA) Scene Camera Operator: JO1 Hatzakos Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A refueling specialist, in a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling position, transfers fuel to a F-117 Stealth fighter. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A refueling specialist, in a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling positio...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A refueling specialist, in a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling position, transfers fuel to a F-117 Stealth fighter. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A refueling specialist, in a KC-10 Extender aircraft refueling positio...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

An F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW), Tonopah Test Range, Nev., lands for an overnight stay while deploying to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield. In the background are other Stealth aircraft of the 37th TFW.

An F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD DEPLOYMENT Base: Langley Air Force Base State: Virginia(VA) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camer... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft breaks away after refueling from a 22nd Air Refueling Wing KC-10 Extender aircraft during Operation Desert Shield. The F-117A is en route to Saudi Arabia.

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft breaks aw...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: STAFF SGT. Scott P. Stewart Release Status: Released to Public Combined... more

Pilots from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tonopah Test Range, Nev., arrive in their F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft for an overnight stay while deploying to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield.

Pilots from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tonopah Test Range, Nev., ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD DEPLOYMENT Base: Langley Air Force Base State: Virginia(VA) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camer... more

An F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW), Tonopah Test Range, Nev., lands for an overnight stay while deploying to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield. In the background are other stealth aircraft of the 37th TFW.

An F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD DEPLOYMENT Base: Langley Air Force Base State: Virginia(VA) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camer... more

Pilots from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tonopah Test Range, Nev., arrive in their F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft for an overnight stay while deploying to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield.

Pilots from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tonopah Test Range, Nev., ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD DEPLOYMENT Base: Langley Air Force Base State: Virginia(VA) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camer... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft refuels from a 22nd Air Refueling Wing KC-10 Extender aircraft during Operation Desert Shield. The F-117A is en route to Saudi Arabia.

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft refuels f...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: STAFF SGT. Scott P. Stewart Release Status: Released to Public Combined... more

An F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing, Tonopah Test Range, Nev., arrives for an overnight stay while deploying to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield.

An F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft from the 37th Tactical Fighter Wing...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD DEPLOYMENT Base: Langley Air Force Base State: Virginia(VA) Country: United States Of America(USA) Scene Camer... more

A close-up view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft refuels from a 22nd Air Refueling Wing KC-10 Extender aircraft during Operation Desert Shield. The F-117A is en route to Saudi Arabia.

A close-up view of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth fighter...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: STAFF SGT. Scott P. Stewart Release Status: Released to Public Combined... more

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft prepares to refuel from a 22nd Air Refueling Wing KC-10 Extender aircraft during Operation Desert Shield. The F-117A is en route to Saudi Arabia.

A 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-117A Stealth fighter aircraft prepares ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: DESERT SHIELD Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: STAFF SGT. Scott P. Stewart Release Status: Released to Public Combined... more