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Lockheed Martin F-117A Nighthawk “Knight 1” Tonapah

Print Sizes Available: 

  • Large: 17 x 13"
  • Small: 11 x 8.5"

Illustrated by: Eric Lian

Customization of this aircraft tail number is available at no additional charge.

Lockheed Martin F-117A Nighthawk “Knight 1” Tonapah is an aviation art print from an original illustration. (This is not a photograph or screen capture from a flight simulator) Meticulously detailed, the aircraft is set against the Lockheed Marin and Skunk Works logos and the description text is bordered by 4450th Tactical Group insignia and the American flag.

Perfect for award presentations, the office or home, or as a gift for that aviation fan.
Printed on high quality, heavy weight Luster paper using a 12-color pigmented, archival ink system.

  • Edition Size: Open
  • Paper Type: Heavy Weight Luster
  • Ink Type: Lucia EX Archival Pigment 
  • Illustrated by: Eric Lian
  • Published and printed by: Lian Media

    The description on the print states:

    Supposedly retired in 2008, several flights of F-117s have been observed in the Nevada desert and in California in 2019 and 2020. In the most recent sighting, two Nighthawks displaying the tail code TR, the insignia of the 4450th Tactical Group, and using the call signs “Knight One” and “Knight Two” were observed landing and taking off at Marine Corps Air Station - Miramar (KNKX) in October 2020. All of these sightings took place in normal daylight hours in full view of the public. Seemingly, there is no attempt by the military to hide the fact that some F-117s are still flying, but no explanation has been given for their purpose.

    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 and widely publicized for its successful role in the Persian Gulf War flying approximately 1,300 sorties and scoring direct hits on 1,600 high-value targets in Iraq over 6,905 flight hours. The aircraft is equipped with sophisticated navigation and attack systems integrated into a digital avionics suite. It navigates primarily by GPS and high-accuracy inertial navigation. Missions are coordinated by an automated planning system that can automatically perform all aspects of an attack mission, including weapons release. Targets are acquired by a thermal imaging infrared system, paired with a laser rangefinder/laser designator that finds the range and designates targets for laser-guided bombs. The F-117A's split internal bay can carry 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) of ordnance. Typical weapons are a pair of GBU-10, GBU-12, or GBU-27 laser-guided bombs, two BLU-109 penetration bombs, or two Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs), a GPS/INS guided stand-off bomb.

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