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F-117A composite checks

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posted on May, 29 2005 @ 05:10 AM
While surfing, i came across this small, but very cool pic of a F-117A being checked over.... Just a small detail, but its some thing i always wonderd about any how..

Heres the link.

posted on May, 29 2005 @ 05:12 AM
I believe that the paint for the F-117 which has some RAM built in (iron ferrites etc) is applied by a robotic spraying arm. Not sure if this picture is the same.

posted on May, 29 2005 @ 05:18 AM
This is taken from "Robotic Aircraft Maintenance Activities" from
Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center, Sandia National Laboratories

F-117A Robotic Coating System
• Improve the reliability, availability and maintainability of the F-117A
Fleet by robotic application of RAM coating
• Supplied to LM Skunk Works as a turnkey system
• Shipped in Aug. 1998; coated first aircraft in Feb. 1999
• First production aircraft coated in March 2000, second in May 2000
• 12 aircraft coated as of April 2001
• 11 aircraft per year production rate
Robotic painting


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