F-117 Nighthawk to Fly 10 More Years
The. U.S. Air Force issued a Request for Information (RFI) document past fall to find a company for sustainment requirements. Applicants are expected to provide maintenance and logistical support for a potential 10-year contract for the F-117. The expected start date for the contract is 2024.RFI document focusing on three services requested from the contractor. Maintenance and logistics, extended storage and demilitarise and declassify surplus F-117 aircraft in Tonopah Test Range in Nevada, also known as "Area 52". The demilitarisation rate is expected for two to three airframes per year. There are also some specific sections to maintaining low observable features of Nighthawks, including composite and structural repair support.The U.S. Air Force retired F-117 Nighthawks in the past. But some aircraft continue to fly secretly in special zones after official phasing out. But some platforms were spotted during low-level flights, and the U.S. accepted the limited continuation of F-117 operations. It is known that the force is using aircraft for auxiliary purposes. Platforms are flying to train pilots to counter enemy stealth aircraft and cruise missiles.