Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
|Type||Attack aircraft, Ground attack aircraft, Military aircraft|
|Propulsion||Twinjet (Jet aircraft, Twin-engine aircraft)|
|Author(s)||Gijs de Rooy|
The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is a stealth ground attack aircraft formerly operated by the United States Air Force. The F-117A's first flight was in 1981, and it achieved Initial Operational Capability status in October 1983. The F-117A was "acknowledged" and revealed to the world in November 1988.
As a product of the Skunk Works and a development of the Have Blue prototype, it became the first operational aircraft initially designed around stealth technology. The F-117A was widely publicized during the Gulf War.
|Ctrl+b||Prepare braking chute deployment and open the doors|
|Ctrl+d||Open the bomb bay doors|
|j||Repack braking chute and close the doors|
|J||Release the bombs|
- Full thrust.
- Rotate at 160 kts.
- Gear up when positive climb and 100+ ft.
At the moment air-air refueling is not implented!
Due to the F-117s canopy design, the pilot is unable to see the boom during in-air refuel. Air-air refueling is the hardest thing you can do with a F-117.
The F-117 can carry up to two bombs at a time. At the moment only the MK-84 is modeled. At startup the plane carries two MK-84s in it's bombbay. To release the bombs, use the following procedure:
- Open the bomb bay doors (Ctrl-d) and let the bombs come out.
- Release the bombs (J).
Because the F-117 does not have flaps to slow it down, the landing speed is quite high. Therefore it uses a braking chute. To slow the plane down you decrease throttle and pitch up.
- Touchdown at 150-160 kts with AOA 9 degrees.
The braking chute will be automaticly deployed, when the following conditions are all true:
- Brake chute doors are openeded (Ctrl-b)
- Nosewheel on runway
- Throttle position less than 0.2
The braking chute will be untied when one of the following conditions is true:
- Airspeed less than 30 kts
- Throttle position greater than 0.2
REMEMBER: the chute can be used only once. If you want it again you must reload it(j).
- Several ground bombing scenarios suitable for the F-117, involving moving and static tank formations, explodable M1 Abrams tanks, etc.