Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

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Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
F117 NightHawk.jpg
Type Attack aircraft, Ground attack aircraft, Military aircraft
Configuration Stealth aircraft
Propulsion Twinjet (Jet aircraft, Twin-engine aircraft)
Manufacturer Lockheed
Author(s) Gijs de Rooy
--aircraft= F-117
Status Alpha
 FDM Stars-2.png
 Systems Stars-1.png
 Cockpit Stars-1.png
 Model Stars-2.png
Supports Mid-air refueling
 Website The website for the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk developments.
 Repository The development repository of the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk.
Download Download the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk aircraft package for the current stable release (2020.3).
Forum 'Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk' topic on the FlightGear forum.
License GPLv2+

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.

The Air Force retired the F-117 on 22 April 2008, primarily due to the purchasing and eventual deployment of the more effective F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.

Aircraft help

Key Function
C Open/close canopy
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


  1. Full thrust.
  2. Rotate at 160 kts.
  3. Gear up when positive climb and 100+ ft.

Air-air fefueling

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.

F-117 with opened bomb bay doors.


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:

  1. Open the bomb bay doors (Ctrl-d) and let the bombs come out.
  2. 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.
F-117 with deployed braking chute during landing at KLSV.

Braking chute

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).

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