Hobby Master HA5803 – 1/72 Scale F-117A Nighthawk Diecast Model
Hobby Master HA5803 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, s/n 88-0842, “Its Hammertime”, 8th Fighter Squadron (FS) “Black Sheep”, part of the 49th Fighter Wing (FW) “The Fighting Forty-Niners”, United States Air Force (USAF). While stationed at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, United States.
This F-117A first flew on March 13, 1990, accepted by the air force on March 28 and deployed to Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Shield in December. Later deployed in support of Operations Allied Force and Iraqi Freedom with the 8th FS, 49th FW. The aircraft was withdrawn from service in January 2008.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.
8th Fighter Squadron, USAF
The 8th FS is an active unit of the USAF stationed at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, United States and currently operates the General Dynamics F-16C/D Fighting Falcon.
Formed in November 1940 as the 49th Pursuit Group, USAAC moved to Australia as part of Fifth Air Force in January 1942. Redesignated as the 8th Fighter Squadron in May 1942 and served throughout the SouthWest Pacific Theatre of Operations during World War II. The unit moved to Tokyo in September 1945 after the surrender of Japan as part of the occupational forces.
The squadron took part in the Korean War and later moved to Europe in support of NATO forces. Returning to the United States, assigned to Holloman AFB in July 1968. As part of the US war effort in Vietnam deployed to Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand in May 1972. The squadron transitioned from the F-15A Eagle to the Nighthawk in 1992 and flew in support of operations Southern Watch and Desert Fox, along with the war against Iraq. In Sept 2009 changed to the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor, followed by the General Dynamics F-16C/D in August 2017.
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 the limited computer capabilities at that time to calculate radar cross-section. The outer surfaces 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.
- 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 HA5803 – 1/72 scale diecast model of the Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, “It’s Hammertime”, 8th FS “Black Sheep”, 49th FW “The Fighting Forty-Niners”, USAF, Holloman AFB