F-117 is the new Elvis



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.

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5 Responses to F-117 is the new Elvis

  1. RobH 14 October, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    Rumors abound for a couple of years (and not confirmed or denied by the USAF) that 2 examples were to be kept in flyable storage.

  2. Bradd Buckingham 14 October, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    My off the wall hunch is they’re turning these into cost low budget unmanned strike aircraft. Out there I know, but why not?

  3. Stephen Trimble 15 October, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    Possibly, but does an unmanned F-117 offer that you couldn’t already do with an RQ-170, or, for that matter, X-47 or Phantom Ray?

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