Shrouded in mystery, the F-117 Nighthawk — developed by the secretive Skunk Works division at Lockheed — became operational in the early 1980s, though it was not revealed to the public until 1988. It was the first aircraft designed around stealth technology and was widely praised for its service during the Gulf War where it performed 1,300 ground-attack missions and hit 1,600 strategic Iraqi targets. Pilots of the F-117 refer to themselves as "Bandits," and all 558 Air Force pilots who flew the Nighthawk are given a "Bandit" number in sequential order. Sixty-four were manufactured and it was retired from service in 2008, replaced by the F-22 Raptor.
Made by Hobby Master, this 1/72 scale, die cast model — a reproduction of an F-117A that was celebrated at its retirement ceremony in April of 2008 — features engraved panel lines, a see-through canopy revealing a well-equipped cockpit, the aircraft's signature faceted shape and V-tail, realistic munitions, authentic 49th Fighter Wing markings, and a display stand. Measures approximately 11" long with a 7¼" wingspan.
Hobby Master: HA5802