A Nighthawk leak at the museum?

The Facebook page of the official US Air Force museum may have “committed news” this morning. 



The National Museum of the US Air Force publishes a daily historical factoid. Today’s perhaps adds a new wrinkle to the official history of the Kosovo air war 12 years ago. See below:


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The shoot-down of one F-117 has been always been acknowledged by the USAF, but I do not remember an official acknowledgement that a second aircraft was damaged on the same day (although I have heard the rumours).




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5 Responses to A Nighthawk leak at the museum?

  1. Flateric 10 June, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    April 21 – An F-117A 86-0837/’OT’ of the USAF 422nd TES “suffered extensive damage in an unspecified landing accident, details unconfirmed, but reported as a Class A accident.” (Air Force Monthly, August 1999, p. 74)

  2. Jon 14 June, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    86-0837 was not sent to Europe during the campaign. 86-0837 was a test-bed in the US. Every serial that was sent to Europe is known and all were flown back to the US after the conflict apart from 82-806 that was shot down.

  3. Dimitris 16 June, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Why was my comment blocked?

  4. Stephen Trimble 16 June, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Hey Dimitris, I don’t see any unpublished comments in the queue from you. There may have been a glitch in the system. If you remember the gist of what you said, I’ll give it another look.

  5. Dimitris 17 June, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    What is said is:

    A second F-117 was badly shot up by AAA and had to be written off after landing because of the extensive damage (it was not repaired). A plane down is a plane down, so I’d count that as a second kill.

    ISTR numerous NATO aircraft at the time being lost due to “engine problems”. We may never learn how many of those problems were due to “random interference from warhead/shell fragments”.

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