Hobby Master 1/72 Air Power Series
|Length||27.9 cm||11.0 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||18.3 cm||7.2 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.
Hobby Master HA5806 – 1/72 Scale F-117A Nighthawk, USAF
Hobby Master HA5805 diecast model replicates in 1/72 scale the Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, tail code ED/85-831 of the 410th Test Flight Squadron (410th TFS), 412th Test flight Wing (412th TFW), United States Air Force (USAF), late 1990.
Nighthawk 85-831 underside skunk artwork was as a tribute to the Skunk Works. On December 6, 1990 the aircraft went to Area 51 to celebrate the retirement of the Lockheed’s Skunk Works director, Ben Rich. The artwork was removed immediately afterwards.
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 a 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 1,100 km/h (684 mph), a range of 1,720 km (1,070 mi) and a service ceiling of 14,000 m (45,000 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.