The US Air Force retired the F-117 in dramatic fashion in March 2008, ceremonially sending off the final four of the gawky stealth fighters to storage at the Tonopah Test Range, then releasing images of one poor airframe getting crushed into little pieces by a Caterpillar excavator. USAF message: See? No more F-117s here!
But, like Elvis, some folks believe the F-117 still lives and even prowls the skies above us -- especially if you happen to live in the Nevada desert. In fact, the forums at abovetopsecret.com are buzzing this week about an alleged sighting of the Skunk Works product on October 5, with both photos and video (caution: requires special video player) of the purported encounter. Unfortunately, there's no way to definitively prove the images were not taken years earlier, and the camera operator neglected to pan over to a newspaper with the morning's date.