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F-117 - The Beginning of a New Era ( 2 Signatures)

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 Product Description

Dimensions: 18" x 16.5"
Signature: Harold C. Farley & Ben Rich

Plane Type: F-117 Nighthawk

F-117 Nighthawk - An outgrowth of the Have Blue prototype, the subsonic F-117 stealth fighter used low observable technology as its defensive weapon, and offered ordinance delivery with pin-point accuracy for its offensive capability. Having flown for 25 years in front line service with the USAF Air Combat Command, the Nighthawk represented the most advanced weapons system in the world today. Combat proven in Operation Desert Storm, F-117's were consistently used to seek and destroy high priority targets, primarily on night missions. Capable of carrying a 5,000 lb. payload in its twin internal bays, the Nighthawk measured 66ft. in length, and was powered by two General Electric F-404 non-afterburning turbofan engines. The Nighthawk was retired from service April 22, 2008. A total of 59 F-117s were built.

About our Framing:
This Aviation Collectible is exquisitely Custom Framed with double mattes and comes in a 1 ½” Matte Black Frame. We’ve opened up the matte on the bottom to showcase the authentic pencil signature of the pilot/s who flew this aircraft. All of our Aviation Collectibles come with a Certificate of Authenticity to ensure that the signatures are real and your purchase will be collectible for years to come. Signatures:

Harold C. Farley - A Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Harold Farley's flying career spans some thirty years during which he has logged almost 6,000 hours, 3,600 hours of which were flight tests in fighter or attack aircraft. Harold joined Lockheed in 1979 as an experimental test pilot assigned as Project Pilot for the then top secret Stealth Fighter Program. He participated in all phases of the F-117 project and logged over 600 hours in the aircraft. Hal Farley became Director of Flight Operations and Chief Test Pilot of the Lockheed Advanced Development Company in 1989; he retired from Lockheed in 1991.

Ben Rich - Ben was the second director of Lockheed's Skunk Works from 1975 to 1991, succeeding its founder, Kelly Johnson. Regarded as the "father of stealth," Ben Rich was responsible for leading the development of the F-117, the first production stealth aircraft. He also participated in various design aspects of the F-104, U-2, SR-71, A-12, and F-22 among others. PLANE JUNKIE - F-117 - Beginning of a New Era (F-117 Nighthawk)

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