Senior Airman Justin Byars marshals in an F-117 Nighthawk for an end of runway inspection before takeoff from the Holloman Air Force Base N.M. The stealth fighter was one 25 Nighthawks that flew in a formation celebrating the plane’s 25th Anniversary. Airman Byars is a crew chief with the 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)
The dickering about how many F-117s to keep in service and for how long will go on for quite some time, despite the tone of the story.
Seems to me that the Israelis might a good candidate for a squadron of these things as our F-22s come online. On the other hand, I believe that the F-35 Lightning’s radar cross section is supposedly only half that of the F-117, so maybe some of those would make a lot more sense.