Continuing today’s theme of weird stuff in the sky, check out this video of an F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter ripping through desert airspace over a U.S. military installation. What’s interesting is that the cameraman claims it was shot in July, 2010, several years after the jets were retired and placed in protective storage at the Air Force’s remote Tonopah Test Range Airport in Nevada.
While there’s nothing in the video to verify the date other than the cameraman’s voice, rumors have been circulating for a while now that some of the F-117s are back in the air.
If this is true, the jets are likely being used to test out new radars, countermeasures or other technology having to do with low-observables. (Or the F-35 is so behind schedule that the Air Force needs the Nighthawks to bolster the F-22 and B-2 stealth jet fleets. Ok, so that’s not very likely.)