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Old 08-24-2006, 05:17 PM   #1
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F117 going bye bye???

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In a few years, the once-secret stealth aircraft will be retiring to the Arizona desert. The black jets that revolutionized air warfare with their radar-evading technology and ability to drop precision-guided bombs are to be discarded in 2008.



An Air Force spokeswoman at the Pentagon says most, if not all, of the nation's 52 F-117A “Nighthawks” are expected to go to "The Bone Yard" at Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

An Air Force fact sheet shows the stealth bombers are priced at 45 million dollars ($45,000,000) apiece, not counting costs for research and development. Officials say they're pushing up the retirement date from 2011 to 2008 because the stealth has gotten too expensive and difficult to maintain. (Note: I had a guy tell me that even the access panels had to be re-sealed with a magic rubber-like nonradar-reflecting material = hours and hours and hours)

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Old 08-25-2006, 11:34 AM   #2
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They should not have a problem. They can put a cruise in there back pocket and if they need a spotter they can always use one of there expensive models.
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