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F117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter Introduction My paper is on the F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter I am doing this research on an account of the Nighthawk being an interesting modern and technological subject Some may confuse this fighter with the B-2 Stealth Bomber The B-2s construction was provoked by the Nighthawk due to the Nighthawks performance in many sorties Body Specifications The specifications and dimensions of the Nighthawk may be hard to understand but if you have any questions feel free to ask me about them The primary function of the Nighthawk is to be a fighter or attacker The length from nose to rear is 65 11 the height of the Nighthawk is 12 5 and the empty fighter weight is 29500lbs The maximum total weight this fighter can hold is 52500lbs The wingspan from side-end to side-end is 43 4 and the area of one wing is 1140 ft squared The speed of the Nighthawk is in the high subsonic range because the cruise speed is from Mach 8 to Mach 9 and the maximum speed is Mach 1 at 36000 ft The range of the Nighthawk is unlimited with air refueling from another plane The engines of the Nighthawk are two 12500lb General Electric F404-F1D2 non-afterburning turbofan engines with 10600 lbs of thrust The Nighthawks armament is a non-fixed internal weapons carriage and the primary weapons on the Nighthawk are the paveway series GBU-10 and GBU-27 laser guided bombs There is usually one person to fly the Nighthawk and the cost to build each Nighthawk is around 45 million dollars The United States Air Force has produced 59 Nighthawks with the help of Lockheeds Skunkworks Stealth Technology What makes the Nighthawk so stealthy are Radar Absorbent Materials or RAMs for short The primary RAM for the Nighthawk is Dow Chemicals FibaloyJones 1989 p4577 Fibaloy is black and has great radar-energy absorbencyJones 1989 p45 Fibaloy is
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