Lockheed Martin F-117A Nighthawk 7th FS Kosovo 1999, 1:72 Scale Diecast Model By Hobby Master
- Realistic Collectible Model
- Diecast & Plastic parts
- Highly detailed
- Display Stand Included
- Measures 11” L x 7.25” Wingspan
- Display model, recommended for adult hobbyists and collectors 14 years and above.
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. It’s first flight was June 18th 1981. Nighthawk became operation in October of1983 and was retired on April 22, 2008. 64 Nighthawks were built, 5 prototypes and 59 production.
In May 1992, the 7th Fighter Squadron based at Holloman AFB transitioned to the F-117A. They soon deployed fighters and their crews to Southwest Asia during the 1990s as part of Operation Southern Watch to support United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq, to enforce the no-fly zone over the southern part of that country to deprive Saddam Hussein of his Weapons of Mass Destruction programs and to force his compliance with the UN monitoring regime. 7th F-117s fighters deployed to the Gulf in 1998 during Operation Desert Fox to upgrade the strike force's capability to attack high-value targets. But the 18-hour flight from Holloman AFB to Kuwait meant that the operation was over before the F-117 aircraft arrived in the Gulf.
This highly detailed Hobby Master model represents an F-117 Bureau Number 82-0806 from the 7th FS “Screamin Demons”. During 1999 this aircraft was based in Aviano Air Base, Italy supporting “Operation Allied Force”. On September 27th, 1999 with the call sign “Vega 31” the aircraft was on a mission to bomb Serbian forces. During the mission the aircraft was hit by a missile fired from an S-125 Neva/Pechora air defense system and became the first F-117 lost in combat. The pilot ejected safely and was rescued.
As with Hobby Master models this F-117A features engraved panel lines, antennas, surface details an opening canopy, a well-appointed cockpit (with instrumentation details), full weapons complement, optional-position landing gear, authentic squadron markings, and a display stand.
This is a worthy addition to your diecast aircraft collection.