Lorenzo von Matterhorn
- Jan 31, 2009
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The later ones had a button on the stick that would automatically level it.
I bet that was perfectly awful to fly. Unstable, underpowered and poor visibility.
I read about the emergency button on the stick somewhere, maybe Aviation Week, not Mad magazine, and did not make it up. Perhaps was on the later models. Would not be too hard to implement, you already have an IMU and autopilot.
It seems the fleet is in storage somewhere, waiting for the next war. Always thought it was funny that it has an F designation, for FIGHTER, but it really is a bomber. Maybe put a laser blaster on it to straighten that out.
Getting a fighter jock out and back is definitely a team effort. Always has been. Always will be.Me and another guy who is long retired hand-picked every Nighthawk that flew over Iraq in 2003, and designed the prep plan to ensure the jets were as good for combat as we could make them before they went into harm's way.
Getting a fighter jock out and back is definitely a team effort. Always has been. Always will be.
I was at China Lake about '05, we were driving in from the Weapons Survivability Lab and saw 2 F-117 circle and land. One was standard black, the other desert camo on top and blue on bottom. Guys at Lab said they fly up from Edwards for lunch.
Odd paint scheme for a nighthawk. Maybe a test squadron scheme or a proto? Doesn't seem normal paint scheme.
https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/tag/hal-farley/Lockheed Full Scale Development YF-117A, 79-10780, in three-tone desert camouflage. (Lockheed Martin)
FSD-1 was originally delivered unpainted (See earlier picture on this page) and was painted in a camouflage paint scheme for it's first flight. That was abandoned for the standard gray used on all four subsequent flight test aircraft. Ben Rich, head of Skunk Works, personally preferred the gray and would have delivered the entire run in gray, but chief of TAC, Gen. Bill Creech, wanted black since it would mask the faceting and their shadows during the day. "You don't ask the commander of TAC why he wants to do something. He pays the bills," later recalled Rich. "The Skunk Works plays by the Golden Rule: he who has the gold sets the rules! If the general had wanted pink, we'd have painted them pink."
Also, it was originally believed that the inward-canted tail fins on the XST's would help shield the upward facing exhaust system from aerial IR detection. In doing this, the fins actually channeled the hot exhaust gases straight downward below the aircraft, increasing the IR signature from below. The twin tail also required that each fin be mounted on it's own separate boom. Although the distance was insignificant in the XST's, the larger FSD's distance of approximately 11 feet across the exhaust system made this arrangement impossible. Therefore, the split tail was abandoned by the now familiar V tail. The new arrangement was placed at the end of a stronger lengthened center spine to increase it's distance from the exhaust. It was found that the V-tail actually disperses the exhaust gases better than the split tail.
I read about the emergency button on the stick somewhere, maybe Aviation Week, not Mad magazine, and did not make it up.