A freelance photographer, Matt Hartman, says at least two F-117 Nighthawks stealth aircraft have been sighted over Los Angeles.
Matt Hartman said two mysterious F-117 Nighthawks stealth planes flew over Los Angeles International Airport along with a US Air Force KC-135R air tanker on February 19.
“The US Air Force tanker KC-135R with two F-117 stealth fighters, C / S KNIGHT01 with KNIGHT02, flew over SoCal over LAX …… never in my life… I have such an AWE moment seen … I mean … .IMPRESSIVE!!! 02/19/21 “, he said on Twitter.
The F-117A was developed in response to a request from the Air Force for an aircraft capable of attacking high quality targets without being detected by enemy radar. In the 1970s, new materials and techniques allowed engineers to design an aircraft with radar evasive or stealth capabilities. The result was the F-117A, the world’s first operational stealth aircraft.
The first Nighthawk flew on June 18, 1981, and the original F-117A unit, the 4450th Tactical Group (renamed 37th Tactical Fighter Wing in October 1989) reached its first operational status in October 1983.
The Nighthawk were originally fought during Operation Just Cause in 1989, when two F-117s from the 37th TFW attacked military targets in Panama. The aircraft was also in use during Operation Desert Shield.
After 25 years of service, the Nighthawk retired on April 22, 2008, but continues to spark the public imagination.
According to The Drive, the days of a fighter jet are long gone, although the F-117 Nighthawk currently only flies to a limited extent for testing and training purposes.
In addition, the US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command (AMC) issued a formal order in early January 2021 that all KC-135 Stratotankers are now approved to perform in-flight refueling operations with F-117 Nighthawks.
This is additional evidence that the F-117’s operations are more widespread and far less withdrawn after retirement.
One day I get a tip on something special at @flyLAXairport … I’ll look ……. USAF KC-135R in flight with 2 F-117 Stealth Fighters! Well I think you are not tired, are you? 02-19-21 2 pic.twitter.com/0ujKIl9Vah
– Matt Hartman (@ShorealoneFilms) February 21, 2021