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F117 was constructed as a stealth ground attack aircraft and operated by the United States air force (USAF) .
 
Its first flight was in 1981 and it achieved  initial operating capability status in October 1983 , but it was revealed to the world in  November of 1988 . It was the first initially designed aircraft with stealth technology and it was used in the Persian gulf war in 1991 .  The aircraft is designated as a Fighter; thus the F-117A designation but it has virtually no air-air capabilities.

ARMAMENT :

 BLU-109 Hardened penetrator
GBU-10 Paveway II laser guided missile
GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided missile
GBU-27 Paveway II laser guided missile
JDAM  INS /GPS Guided munition
 


BASIC CHARACTERISTICS:


 ROLEStealth attack aircraft
 NATIONAL ORIGIN
 USA
 MANUFACTURER 
 Lockheed Martin
 FIRST FLIGHT
 18/6/1981
 INTRODUCED 15/10/1983
 RETIRED 22/4/2008
 PRIMARY USER
 USAF
 NUMBER BUILD
 64
 UNIT COST
 111.2 million (total program )
LENGTH
20.09 m
WINGSPAN
13.20 m
HEIGHT
3.78 m
EMPTY WEIGHT
13380 KG
MAX. SPEED
MACH 0.92
CRUISE SPEED
MACH 0.92
RANGE
930 NM ( 1720 km)

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