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Originally posted by RealisticPatriot
Hey guys im trying to find out what downed that F-117, any solid links on that? did the pilot survive? This happend a while back forgot what conflict. Im sure you remember it was the only one that was downed. Did the enemy get their hands on that tech? Or did we stike the target in time? Thanks
4) the plane may have lost its stealth for some reason. Even a loose screw can cause the F-117 to be detected.
Originally posted by robertfenix
The Nighthawk was shot down by a good old WWII practice of Flak ahead of what you can see. Just because its stealthy to electronics does not mean its invisable to the naked eye. The pilot ran into a field of fire of AA guns and was brought down by Flak damage.
The F117 lacking afterburners and supersonic performance is limited in its escape possibilities when confronted by a field of AA guns. Whereas a high performance fighter will tack up and AB straight up to "outrun" the range of fire from AA/Flak guns.
Originally posted by American Mad Man
that is my understanding as well Robertfenix.
Basically, I heard that they were given a tip off as to what day the strike was going to happen. That, combined with knowing the flight path of the F-117 let them basically fill the air with AA fire.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
This is why we need faster stealth aircrafts like the raptor. The same thing happened in 91 over Baghdad the whole sky lit up with AAA fire hoping to shoot down our F-117 but they luckily missed. So if the same thing happened in 96 our pilot would have escaped unless they had a hint on his flight path.