The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is a single-seat, twin-engine stealth attack aircraft that was developed by Lockheed's secretive Skunk Works division and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF). The F-117 was based on the Have Blue technology demonstrator, and was the first operational aircraft to be designed around stealth technology. The maiden flight of the Nighthawk took place in 1981, and the aircraft achieved initial operating capability status in 1983.The Nighthawk was shrouded in secrecy until it was revealed to the public in 1988.
The F-117 was widely publicized for its role in the Persian Gulf War of 1991. Although it was commonly referred to as the "Stealth Fighter", it was strictly an attack aircraft. F-117s took part in the conflict in Yugoslavia, where one was shot down by a surface-to-air missile (SAM) on 27 March 1999; it was the only Nighthawk to be lost in combat. The U.S. Air Force retired the F-117 on 22 April 2008, primarily due to the fielding of the F-22 Raptor. Sixty-four F-117s were built, 59 of which were production versions, with the other five being demonstrators/prototypes.
This Kit is from 1998 and still the best F-117A in 1/48. The Cockpit is nice but your modell will win if you add some aftermarket parts. The pilots figure is well done and once painted it will look rather nice. The bomb bay and the wheel wells are very good detailed. Over all this kit looks very well designed and will build easily into a great Nighthawk, even out of the box. The decals are great and another plus are the painting masks provided in this kit. Highly recommended.