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most of the F-117s were retired to their original hangars at the Tonopah Test Range Airport. At Tonopah, their wings were removed and the aircraft are stored in their original climate-controlled hangars. The decommissioning occurred in eight phases, with the operational aircraft retired to Tonapah in seven waves beginning on 13 March 2007, and ending with the last wave's arrival on 22 April 2008. Four aircraft were kept flying beyond April by the 410th Flight Test Squadron at Palmdale for flight test. By the beginning of August, two were remaining. The last F-117 (AF ser. no. 86-0831) left Palmdale to fly to Tonopah on 11 August 2008. This was the last flight of an F-117. With the last aircraft retired, the 410th was deactivated in a ceremony on 1 August 2008.
Originally posted by rayktheon
I thought that TTR was owned by DOE like NTS and managed by Sandia National Laboratories, but this is not a military air base under ownership by USAF?
What is the relationship between the Department of Energy, Sandia and the USAF in the TTR? Because I've seen that is in between a government agency like the DOE and Sandia Laboratories and then finally USAF, but I do not understand is what is the function of each them, TTR is owned by the USAF ? DOE manages the range? And Sandia Laboratories, what's carry out?
Originally posted by gariac
The F117a flights are real. I've run down the sources of the video. Where is it based hasn't been determined. If they used a KC135 rcently, then it wasn't a Sierra 99 flight.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: SrWingCommander
We watched two F-117s fly this past summer, one leading the other following, with two others being worked on in their hangars. The lead aircraft looked like it had a new antenna mounted on the spine, replacing the usual antenna. They flew a low level through the valley and back into the mountains before eventually returning. The flight we watched was the day after a group of three semi trucks with a classified shipment arrived, and parked next to their hangars.