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The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is an American single-seat, twin-engine stealth attack aircraft that was developed by Lockheed's secretive Skunk Works division and operated by the United States Air Force (USAF). The F-117 was based on the Have Blue technology demonstrator. The Nighthawk was the first operational aircraft to be designed around stealth technology. Its maiden flight took place in 1981 in Groom Lake, Nevada, and the aircraft achieved initial operating capability status in 1983. The Nighthawk was shrouded in secrecy until it was revealed to the public in 1988. Of the 64 F-117s constructed, 59 were production versions, with the other five being prototypes. The F-117 was widely publicized for its role in the Persian Gulf War of 1991. Though it was commonly referred to as the'Stealth Fighter', it was strictly a ground-attack aircraft. F-117s took part in the conflict in Yugoslavia, where one was taken down with a surface-to-air missile (SAM) in 1999; it was the only Nighthawk to be lost in battle. The U.S. Air Force retired the F-117 in April 2008, primarily because of the fielding of this F-22 Raptor. Despite the type's retirement, a part of the fleet has been kept in airworthy condition, and Nighthawks have been observed flying in 2020.

Source: Wikipedia