Hobby Master HA5805 – 1/72 Scale F-117A Nighthawk Diecast Model
1/72 Air Power Series
|Length||21.7 cm||8.55 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||11.2 cm||4.44 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage displayable extended or retracted
- Canopy displayable open or closed
- Removable pilot figurine
- Optional ordnance
- Display stand included.
1/72 Scale F-117A Nighthawk, USAF – Hobby Master HA5805
Hobby Master HA5805 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, s/n 82-806, “Something Wicked”. Assigned to the 7th Fighter Squadron (FS) “Screamin Demons”, 49th Operations Group, United States Air Force (USAF). On March 27, 1999, it was shot down by a surface to air missile.
Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk
The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is an American twin-engine single-seat, stealth attack aircraft. The maiden flight took place on June 18, 1981, entering service in October 1983. Developed by the Skunk Works, its existence remained secret until 1988. First combat deployment was in 1989 during “Operation Just Cause,” the invasion of Panama. The USAF retired the F-117 in 2008, with only 64 built.
Nighthawk’s design prioritised stealth over aerodynamics, so unstable in flight; it requires constant corrections from the fly-by-wire (FBW) flight system. Flat surfaces on the aircraft were due to the limited computer capabilities to calculate radar cross-section. The exterior coating is of radar-absorbent material (RAM). Slot-like engine exhausts and outward slant of the twin tail fins reduce infrared and radar emissions. To further minimise emissions, navigation or targeting radar are omitted. Instead, it uses a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) and a downward-looking infrared (DLIR) with laser designator.
It uses two General Electric F404 turbofans jet engines mounted at the rear of the fuselage. The Nighthawk has a maximum speed of 993 km/h (617 mph), a range of 1231 km (765 mi), 2,011 km (1250 m) with drop tanks, and a service ceiling of 15,849 m (52,000 ft).
The F-117’s armament excludes guns, with munitions carried on two hardpoints, one in each of the internal weapons bays. Ordnance includes laser-guided bombs, JDAM INS/GPS guided munition, and the B61 nuclear bomb.
F-117A Nighthawk s/n 82-806, deployed with the 8th FS to Aviano Air Base, Italy, as part of “Operation Allied Force” during the Kosovo War. On March 27, 1999, using the callsign “Vega 31”, while over Kosovo, it was shot down by a surface to air missile fired by a Yugoslavian army unit. The pilot ejected safely and rescued. It was the only loss of an F-117 in combat.