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The F-117A has given the USAF an introduction to what a "stealth" aircraft is capable of, and has allowed new tactics and doctrine to be developed for their use.  These F117 Stealth Fighter Books will show you every part of the airplane right to the edge of secret.  The stealth fighter has been around for quite some time not and is being replaced by the Stealth F-22 Raptor, the Joint Strike Fighter and the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber. 

The modern stealth fighter airplane is defined as a plane with a low radar return signature.   However, another unknown stealth factor is that the internal electronics produce a very low emission of  radio frequencies that can be heard by ground, radio frequency listening devices.  To further understand this type of emission, you can test this yourself by taking a hand calculator or a camera strobe and holding it near the antenna of an AM radio.  Flash the strobe then listen to its recharge on the radio or play with the calculator and listen to the logic gates switch on and off on the radio, it's really interesting.  These are radio spectrum emissions.  Military aircraft design engineers go through great lengths to squelch these types of emissions.  Read about the stealth secrets revealed

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Insider’s Guide to the Heraldry and Insignia of the Lockheed F-117A Stealth Fighter Blazek. Actual photos of the many rare patches produced for the crews only, as well as those produced for the engineering and developmental staffs of the Lockheed Product Excellence Program. Many of the details were long locked away in the heart of the Stealth division of the Skunk Works. Details the people and the camaraderie of the units. 80 pgs., 160 color photos, 8"x 11", sfbd

Lockheed F-117 Night Hawks

A Stealth Fighter Roll Call.
Logan. Filled with more than 400 color photographs, this lavishly illustrated book presents the individual history of each F-117 Night Hawk stealth fighter! You also get a background of the F-117 program as well as information on operating locations and air force bases, production sites, units, A-7 and T-38 aircraft used to support the F-117 program, and more. 208 pages, 400+ color and B&W photographs and illustrations, 8"x 11", hardcover.
Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
Softbound Book

An Illustrated History of the Stealth Fighter Holder & Wallace. With its stark black appearance and wispy configuration, the stealthy F117 is a strange departure from today's sleek supersonic fighters. This new book covers the technical and operational aspects of the unusual Nighthawk from initial use over Panama through Operation Desert Storm. 60 pgs. with 85 color photos of the plane, its systems and its cockpit! 8"x 11", sfbd.

F-117 Stealth in Action
Softbound Book

Millions of people have had the opportunity to view the F-117 at air shows since its 1990 public debut, but most questions to the pilots get an, "I'm sorry, it's classified" or "No comment." This book will answer many of your questions on the F-117. Includes 3-view drawings and 75 photos. 50 pgs., 11"x 8", sfbd. 1

F-117 Stealth Fighter

Units of Operation Desert Storm Combat Aircraft Vol. 68
Softbound Book

Thompson. During Operation Desert Storm in 1991, F-117A Nighthawks flew approximately 1,300 sorties, scored direct hits on 1,600 targets in Iraq, and were the only U.S. or coalition aircraft to strike targets in downtown Baghdad. Here, through stunning color photographs and personal accounts from the pilots, you'll explore the history and combat experience of one of the most secretive planes ever built. 96 pages, xx color photographs, 7"x 9", softcover.    

Nighthawk F-117 Stealth Fighter

Nighthawk F-117 Stealth Fighter
Softbound Book

Crickmore & Crickmore. This in-depth study of the Stealth fighter examines its development, testing, operation and technology, and includes narratives from both the first test pilots to fly the aircraft and from those who flew the first raids over Baghdad in the first Gulf War. From its secret origins to the technical marvels required to mask it from radar, you'll get a close-up view of the Nighthawk. 192 pages, 100 color and 100 B&W photos, 10"x 10", softcover.

F-117 Nighthawk Walk Around
Jim Goodall.
Softbound Book

Developed by the famous Lockheed Skunk Works, the F-117 was the only Coalition aircraft to attack Baghdad on the first night of the Persian Gulf War and not one Nighthawk was hit by enemy fire. Here is detailed coverage of the cockpit, engines, landing gear, weapons and more of the U.S.'s unique "Stealth Fighter." 80 pgs., 40 in color with over 100 photos, 12 color profiles and extensive line art. 11"x 8", sfbd.
F-117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter
Photo Scrapbook.
Softbound Book

Mailes & Landis. This photography-driven history follows the F-117 Nighthawk - the world's first operational aircraft designed and built to utilize stealth technology - from the design, development and testing of the Have Blue demonstrator aircraft all the way through service in Operation Desert Storm. 108 pages; approximately 250 color and 100 B&W photographs, many of which are previously unpublished; 9"x 9"; softcover.
Modern Attack Planes

U.S. Air Power Series
Softbound Book

Aircraft, Weapons and Their Battlefield Might. Evans. This photo history covers attack planes in all branches of the U.S. arsenal since the 1991 Gulf War, including aircraft such as the F-117 Stealth, the A-10 Tankbuster and the AV-8B Harrier II. There's also a review of laser-guided bombs, anti-ship and close air support missiles, JDAM and other weapons. 72 pgs., 110 photos with 16 pgs. in color, 7"x 10", sfbd.

F-117 Nighthawk

Combat Legend

Crickmore. The first U.S. production stealth fighter, the F-117 has been the key frontline aircraft for the USAF since 1983, although it was kept secret until 1988. This book includes chronology, prototypes, operational history, variants, specifications, weapons, production figures, model kit information and more. Color illustrations show the different markings used in various theaters of operation. 96 pgs., 16 pages of color photos, 3-views and more. 7"x 9", sfbd.

The Book of Air Shows

Handleman. A full-color celebration of the great contemporary North American air shows. Captured is the enormous variety of civilian and military aircraft from around the world, as well as the many personalities and participants. From the early bi- and tri-planes, to the Stearman trainers, to the WWII ear warbirds, to the present day F-15 and F-117A fighters, any and all aircraft that fly to, and perform at, the modern air shows are presented. 175 pgs., 200+ color photos, 9"x 12", hdbd.

Haynes. Featuring stunning color photographs of restored examples, this lavishly illustrated book examines more than 50 of history's greatest, most innovative combat aircraft, including the Fokker D.VII, B-25 Mitchell, P-47 Thunderbolt, P-51 Mustang, AT-6 Texan, A6M2 Zero, Messerschmitt Bf 109, F-4 Phantom II, C-130 Hercules and F-117 Nighthawk. 192 pages, 250+ color photographs, 6"x 8", softcover.

Bowman. This vivid pictorial record of the U.S. Air Force since the end of WWII focuses on the aircraft and the men who fly and service them. Featuring a wide range of aircraft types - from the lumbering C-47 transport to the F-86 early jet fighter, and from the B-52 intercontinental strategic bomber to the futuristic F-117 Stealth fighter - this thorough history includes images from USAF archives and from private collections. 176 pgs., 200+ color and B&W photos, 7"x 10", hdbd.
Birds of Prey

Brown. The most complete photo study available of the air war in the Gulf, covers every unit that participated including French, Italian, British, and Saudi. Photos of F-15s, F-4s, A-10s, B-52s, F-16s, F-14s, F-111s, F-117 Stealth, C5s, KC-10s, C-141s, C-130s, KC-135s, U-2/TR-1 and many others. 160 pgs., over 750 color photos, 9"x 12", sfbd.
Lockheed Secret Projects
Inside the Skunk Works
Jenkins. Since 1943, scores of remarkable aircraft have rolled out of the hangars occupied by Lockheed's top secret Skunks Works program. This in-depth look at the famous research-and-design team's secret projects reveals the nuts and bolts behind aircraft ranging from the P-80 Shooting Star to today's X-35 Joint Strike Fighter prototype. While the emphasis is on high-profile products like the U-2, SR-71, F-117 and F-22, the book also examines projects that have yet to be covered in book form, including the Tier III Minus DarkStar unmanned air vehicle and the X-33 VentureStar orbiter. 128 pages, 120 color and B&W photographs, 9"x 8", softcover.

Lockheed Martin    F-117 Nighthawk

Warbird Tech Vol. 25
Jenkins. The F-117A has given the USAF an introduction to what a "stealth" aircraft is capable of, and has allowed new tactics and doctrine to be developed for their use. Now, you can learn about the history, the precision-guided armaments, the technical data, the advanced derivatives... even the first combat loss of an F-117 Nighthawk. 100 pgs., 100 photos and numerous technical diagrams, 8"x 11", softcover.


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There was a secret stealth design, placed on the anti-submarine aircraft or World War 2.   These aircraft would search for submarines by flying patterns at low levels over sectors of the ocean, the enemy sub lookouts would be able to see the airplanes up to fifteen miles away. This may sound strange, but the solution was to place landing lights all along the leading edge of the wings and turn the lights on.  This would hide the airplane by matching the amount of light emissions from the airplane to the amount of light from the normal background brightness.  Instead of having the submarine lookouts see a dark object on the horizon at fifteen miles, the approaching airplane would not be visible until it was three to five miles away.  With this short range of detection, the submarine was not able to dive before the airplane was on top of the sub. 

One radar method of detecting modern stealth airplanes is very similar to the way the submarine lookouts of WW2 were able to see the airplanes at the fifteen mile distance.  The airplane at fifteen miles blocked the background light making it visible as a black dot on the horizon.  A modern stealth airplane reflects so little radiation that it also appears as a dark object to the radar because it blocks the background radar return.  Luckily this only works with very highly sensitive radar's that are more sensitive than the usual enemy radar.

A letter from one of our readers  12-11-03
The reason the F-117 stealth fighter flies subsonic is not to announce it's  presence on approach to the target, if you do the math, I'm sure someone could figure out that is has the thrust to weight ratio to make it possible. Or maybe it had to do with the Colonel's last flight at  TTR, I recovered Ol'Sweaty that night, and he said "I didn't go over .9, but I know it'll go. .blank. blank", but what do i know, I'm just a Crew Chief, Thanx-




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