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In the U.S., the crash of the second F-117 in Yugoslavia was confirmed

In the U.S., the crash of the second F-117 in Yugoslavia was confirmed

In addition to the destruction of one F-117 Nighthawk sub-sonic tactical low-detectable attack aircraft of the U.S. Air Force (Air Force) in March 1999 in Yugoslavia, another similar aircraft was damaged a month later.

The American edition, referring to the former F-117 Nighthawk pilot Charlie Heinlein, whose story can be heard in the podcast The Afterburn, writes that the air missions of these aircraft, requiring refueling, took about six hours, of which the flight over the former Yugoslavia took 30-45 minutes.

The interior compartments of the F-117 Nighthawk were occupied by a couple of laser-guided bombs. The aircraft did not have their own anti-aircraft defense systems (air defense systems), so the aircraft used converted F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters for this task.

On the night when the Serbs hit the F-117 Nighthawk, there were two such planes in the sky above Yugoslavia at a distance of about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from each other. According to Heinlein, then the Serbs “used quite a lot of anti-aircraft artillery and sometimes quite a lot of missiles. “I kind of looked to the right over Belgrade and saw this huge approaching missile, which looks like Saturn V. I knew my second partner was out there somewhere. Then I see another launch – a big glow, and even from this distance, you can see a lot of details. The plume, the outgoing smoke, and then this fireball approaching you,” said the pilot.

According to Heinlein, he was then unable to figure out if a Serbian missile had hit his partner’s plane. According to the instructions, the pilot left the F-117 Nighthawk on autopilot, dropped the bomb on a given target and flew to the KC-135 Stratotanker air refueler. “His plane was not in good shape,” Heinlein said of his partner’s F-117 Nighthawk, who later went to the refueler.

In July 2019, the F-117 Nighthawk was spotted over Death Valley, California, playing the role of an enemy aircraft simulator, according to Combat Aircraft. At the same time, commenting on Twitter material, The Drive noted that in reality it may be about testing a system of suppression of infrared radiation by the hull of an aircraft.

The American company Lockheed Martin in 1983-1990 produced 64 units of subsonic tactical aircraft F-117 Nighthawk of various modifications. In April 2008, the aircraft were decommissioned by the US Air Force. Since then, the F-117 Nighthawk has been repeatedly observed in tests, whose targets have not been disclosed by the military. Two such aircraft were shot down in Yugoslavia by C-125 Pechora anti-aircraft missile system. (the first plane fell down, the second managed to return to the base).

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