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F-117A Night Hawk

46.5k 117Destroyerz  3 months ago
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Intro

Damn this was gonna be a platinum build, but 2years too late I guess..Yeah I'm uh..not very fast.
The main idea with this was to have as many working parts as possible, the plane features:

  • an openable canopy
  • a bomb bay
  • working Hud
  • all working gauges
  • functional instruments
  • an ejection seat

was planning to have this finished shortly after funky trees came out, well it took too long and now the damn devs are adding in gauge parts which means I had to finish it before they added theirs in so the ones I made weren't for nothing (curse you devs)

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It features a cockpit with all working instruments and gauges! I did at one point plan to label these but it made the part count skyrocket and I figured it was better having the plane at a part count where it can still run.
To help anyway, this pic shows what each gauge does and the range of units it represents.

About

The Lockheed F-117 Night Hawk was twin engine first generation stealth jet able to reduce/evade radar detection.

Development

Development of the Night Hawk began in the 1975, with work beginning on the "Have Blue" prototypes, built using a Frankenstein of different aircraft parts.
The principles behind the Night Hawks design came from the work of Soviet mathematician Pyotr Ufimtsev, whose published work showed that the strength of a radar return was based of of the edge configuration of the object and not it's size. He was able to calculate the radar cross section across a wings surface and edge, by exploiting this principle even a large aircraft would be able to reduce its radar signature.

While designs using smoothly blended shapes were tested, it was found that angular faceted surfaces provided a greater reduction in radar signature. These earlier stealth planes were designed with a higher focus on minimal radar cross section than aerodynamics which led to the final design being aerodynamically unstable in all 3 axis, needing a flyby wire to make constant corrections in order to fly.

The programs secrecy

Throughout it's development the F-117 was shrouded in secrecy, very few knew of the programs existence. Even after production has begun the plane was kept secret, during the 1980's there were rumors of the program in the media calling it the "F-19 stealth fighter" but the Air Force continued to deny it's existence, in fact when when an F-117 crashed in 1986 the area was blocked off and it's remains were swapped out with parts of an F-101A Voodoo.
The plane was only shown to the public for the first time in 1990.

Stealth characteristics

The finalized design had a radar cross section of only 0.001m².
To remain stealthy the Night Hawk was covered in flat radar absorbent sheets (these were costly to maintain and would often be replaced), another aspect was it's slit shaped tail pipe designed to maximize the mixing of exhaust with the cool air as hot exhaust would be picked up by radar.

Later stealth aircraft could be made with curves thanks to more powerful computers allowing the creation of streamlined designs that remained stealthy. This led to the Nighthawk later being super-ceded by the F-22 when later upgrades allowed it to carry the same munitions.

Other
  • While the "F" designation is mostly used for fighter planes, the F-117 is strictly an attack aircraft.

  • In 1999 one F-117 was shot down during "Operation Allied Force" in Yugoslavia when the aircraft was briefly detected.

  • While the F-117 was officially retired in 2008, a portion of the fleet was still kept in airworthy condition and Nighthawks have been observed flying since, even as recent as 2020.

Controls

AG 1:

Open/close canopy

AG 2:

Opens weapon bay

AG 3:

Deploys landing chute

AG 4:

Launch ejection seat

AG 6-7:

Jettison weapons
(weapons bay needs to be open to jettison)

AG 8:

Toggle lights

Weapons:

The f-117 comes equipped with 2x GBU-27 Paveway III's (laser guided bombs). Since Simpleplanes doesn't offically include guided bombs these are instead missiles with tweaked stats, to successfully hit a target you'll need to launch the bombs while above a target, they can not travel over long range due to limited fuel and having a small angle of adjustment, you still need to be precise but their guided nature allows for some degree of error.

Credits

Funky trees help since I'm awful at it:
@WNP78
@edensk
@FairFireFlight
@Erebos
@11qazxc
Credit for working HUD:
@Gerrit747
Help with testing:
@ChrisPy
@WolfSpark
@Bacontheman??

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General Characteristics

  • Predecessor test
  • Successors 2 airplane(s)
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 42.1ft (12.8m)
  • Length 64.9ft (19.8m)
  • Height 15.4ft (4.7m)
  • Empty Weight 33,345lbs (15,125kg)
  • Loaded Weight 47,020lbs (21,328kg)

Performance

  • Power/Weight Ratio 0.764
  • Wing Loading 59.4lbs/ft2 (290.0kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 791.7ft2 (73.6m2)
  • Drag Points 1471

Parts

  • Number of Parts 1950
  • Control Surfaces 12
  • Performance Cost 7,913
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    0 bbboy

    i love this so much amazing work man i made some very minor modifications so it’s vr ready since it was very easy due to your build

    one month ago
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    Nobody gonna ask why this thing has the train tag?

    one month ago
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    which is better. Gestour’s F-117 or this one?

    one month ago
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    oh my god. my ipad air 10 can run this?!

    one month ago
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    This is a masterpiece. Bravo.

    2 months ago
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    9,045 ManfredaoBR

    овог бомбардера је врло лако оборити

    2 months ago
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    @19xwsix ok? but what does that mean, you can already choose an "air to air" or "air to ground" missile

    2 months ago
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    135 19xwsix

    @Destroyerz117 it's written there I need air to air to ground xml codes

    2 months ago
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    @19xwsix what do you want code for?

    2 months ago
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    135 19xwsix

    That missil,e feature means that u know xml codes for air to air and air to grounds right?
    Alright let me come to the point can I get the codes for that

    2 months ago
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    I need to get sp on my laptop

    2 months ago
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    4,409 Shippy456

    Amazing. I have missed this level of no compromises.

    3 months ago
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    17.4k JuanNotAnAlt

    @ACEPILOT109 it can train fly.

    3 months ago
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    how is this a train?

    +1 3 months ago
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    @Simpleplaneplayer I have no idea why it runs so well especially seeing that people struggle to run it on pc

    3 months ago
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    2,076 SkylineAero

    @Destroyerz117 can you upload this plane without the cockpit and its interface such as instrument, gauge, or something. its very lag playing with 1950 parts in my pc

    3 months ago
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    @Lachlanr123 hold up what

    3 months ago
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    I was just able to run this on mobile with iPhone 12. Excellent plane.

    3 months ago
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    @Falco7 plz no

    3 months ago
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    @deqnq ¯_(ツ)_/¯ I don't make the rules

    3 months ago
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    180 deqnq

    why is one of the tags "train"

    +1 3 months ago
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    270 Falco7

    Beautiful plane. I just need to find a S-125 Neva

    3 months ago
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    😲 the most beautiful F117 of the site, obviously.

    3 months ago
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    @Hedero @CenturiVonKikie thanks

    3 months ago
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    You went ridiculously hard on this LMAO, fantastic job!

    3 months ago
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