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IT COULD HAVE BEEN: THE NORTHROP XST, LOSER TO WHAT WOULD BECOME THE F-117 NIGHTHAWK

            The year was 1974 and DARPA was becoming more interested in the idea that an aircraft, or a remotely piloted vehicle, that could be almost totally invisible to enemy radar. After fielding some secondary studies regarding the matter the … Read the rest of this entry

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HAVE BLUE (PRECURSOR TO THE F-117) IN FLIGHT FOOTAGE

I have talked about Lockheed Skunk Works’ Have Blue technology demonstrator multiple times on this site, most recently in relation to Iran’s F-313. I have never seen footage of it in flight, until now…  

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SAD PHOTOS: SEA SHADOW FINALLY GETS SCRAPPED

Some awesome but sad pics found and sent over by Aviationintel reader Nicolae Sinu depict a horrific scene- one of the most fascinating vessels of the Cold War, the Lockheed Skunk Work’s stealthy Sea Shadow, being scrapped while still cocooned … Read the rest of this entry

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INTERESTING PICTURES SHOWING THE “GRAY DRAGON” F-117 AERIAL REFUELING

These were posted over at the ATS forums by “boomer135,” it is not yet clear exactly how old these shots are. As you can see the jet is not in “pristine” condition when it comes to paint and tape uniformity. … Read the rest of this entry

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WHY IS THE STEALTHY F-117 NIGHTHAWK STILL FLYING?

I am trying to catch up with reader requests and one common strain of emails pertains to questions surrounding why the F-117 Nighthawk, America’s first stealth attack aircraft, is still flying around the Nellis Range Complex years after it’s official … Read the rest of this entry

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INSEPARABLE TO THE END: TWO COLD WAR TREASURES, SEA SHADOW & THE HUGHES MINING BARGE, MAY FACE THE SCRAPPER’S TORCH

I am flabbergasted, stunned really, that an air and space museum, such as the USS Midway in San Diego, has not snapped up the legendary Hughes Mining Barge (HMB-1) and the Lockheed Sea Shadow (IX-529) from the US Navy for … Read the rest of this entry

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INSIDE THE NIGHTHAWK’S TOMB

I found these shots on the net, I have no clue who took them, but they clearly show the retired F-117 Nighthawks, wings detached, and packed inside their final resting place at their operational birthplace: Tonopah Test Range Airport, Nevada. … Read the rest of this entry

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RQ-170 SENTINEL ORIGINS: DARKSTAR HAS GROWN UP

                  Since the “Sentinel Down” escapade began I have wanted to do a piece about the probable origins of the RQ-170, in an attempt to answer many of the looming questions as … Read the rest of this entry

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STRANGE DAYS AT HOLLOMAN AFB…

Holloman loses F-117s, Holloman gains F-22s, Holloman loses F-22s, Holloman gains F-16s, Holloman’s ”new” F-16′s delayed… The “musical ejection seats” game being played down in New Mexico is not entirely the USAF’s fault, once the Raptor’s numbers were cut to a worst case scenario inventory it … Read the rest of this entry

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