84-0825 Lockheed Martin F-117 Nighthawk
8th Fighter Squadron of the 49th Fighter Wing USAF
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2007 was the last full year the F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter in operational Service and therefore the display by 84-0825 was a farewell performance, as it is extremely unlikely that an F-117 will be seen in British Skies again..
First flight of the Lockheed (later Lockheed Martin) F 117 was on the 18th of June in 1981. The existence of this Stealth Aircraft was officially released by the USAF on the 10th of November 1988. Its first public appearance was at Nellis Air Force base (USA) on the 21st of April in 1990.
Although the Aviation world knew a stealth aircraft was operational, everything else was speculation. Finally the USAF knowing that details one of the most secret Aircraft since World War II was about to leak out, formally confirmed it existed.
For nine years these Aircraft only arrived and departed during the night, this helped to keep the secret and for Aircraft Enthusiasts seeing, or even better photographing it became almost a quest for the 'Holy Grail', as a bonus it also kept the conspiracy theorist brigade occupied.
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