Hobby Master HA5802 – 1/72 Scale F-117A Nighthawk Diecast Model
Hobby Master HA5802 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, s/n 88-0843 named “Affectionately Christine”, 8th Fighter Squadron (FS) “Black Sheep” part of the 49th fighter wing (FW), United States Air Force (USAF). With the American flag on the entire underside, the aircraft lead a four-ship flyover during the retirement ceremony of the Nighthawk stealth fighter. The farewell, held at Holloman Air Force Base, was during the sunset of April 21, 2008.
Hobby Master 1/72 scale Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk diecast model details
|Length||21.7 cm||8.55 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||11.2 cm||4.44 in||Approx|
Diecast model features include:
- Constructed with metal and plastic components.
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted.
- Canopy displayable open or closed.
- Display stand included.
The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is an American twin-engine single-seat, attack aircraft, the first operational aircraft designed around stealth technology. The maiden flight took place on June 18, 1981, and entered service in October 1983. Developed by the Skunk Works division of Lockheed and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF), it remained cloaked in secrecy until 1988. The first combat deployment was in 1989 during Operation Just Cause, the invasion of Panama, followed by the 1991 Persian Gulf War. In 1999 one was downed over Yugoslavia, by a surface-to-air missile (SAM). The USAF retired the F-117 in 2008 with only 64 built.
The nighthawk’s design prioritised stealth over aerodynamic performance. The flat surfaces of the aircraft’s shape were the upshot of limited computer capabilities of that time to calculate radar cross-section. The outer surface coating is a radar-absorbent material (RAM). Aerodynamically unstable it requires constant flight corrections from the fly-by-wire (FBW) flight system. The broad, slot like engine exhausts along with the outward slanted tail fins reduce the infrared and radar emissions from the engine exhaust area. Another emission reducing feature is the exclusion of navigation or targeting radar. Instead a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) and a downward-looking infrared (DLIR) with laser designator are used.
F-117A Nighthawk specifications
- Crew: pilot
- Length: 20.09 m (65 ft 11 in)
- Wingspan: 13.21 m (43 ft 4 in)
- Height: 3.90 m (12 ft 9.5 in)
- Empty weight: 13,380 kg (29,500 lb)
- Engines: two General Electric F404-F1D2 turbofans.
- Guns: none
- Hardpoints: Two, one in each of the internal weapons bays
- Ordnance: laser-guided bombs, JDAM INS/GPS guided munition and the B61 nuclear bomb.
1/72 scale diecast model of the Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk
- Maximum speed: 993 km/h (617 mph), Mach 0.81
- Range: 1,231 km (765 mi ), 2,011 km (1250 m) with drop tanks
- MTOW: 23,800 kg (52,500 lb)
- Service ceiling: 15,849 m (52,000 ft).
Hobby Master HA5802 – 1/72 scale diecast model of the Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, s/n 88-0843, Nighthawk retirement ceremony, April 21, 2008