Re: List of F-117 Articles with Serial Number and Current Status

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Message posted by Peter Merlin (Member since 11/13/2003) on September 20, 2021 at 6:11:19 PST:

The two HAVE BLUE aircraft never had serial numbers assigned. They were always just HB1001and HB1002

The three structural test articles (one is missing from the list) never had fiscal year prefixes, only article numbers. They were:

777 - Full airframe for static testing. Later reconfigured for use as an RCS model
778 - Forward fuselage only for static tests
779 - Mid fuselage only for weapons bay tests

The eight production F-117A was listed in the accident report as 81-0792. This conflicts with an existing F-16A so it should actually be listed as 81-10792. This is an artifact resulting form the article numbers being assigned first and then later converted to USAF serial numbers with fiscal year prefixes. That problem never occurred with either the U-2 or A-12 because their article numbers were completely separate from their serials.

In Reply to: List of F-117 Articles with Serial Number and Current Status posted by Joerg (Webmaster) on September 19, 2021 at 13:52:15 PST:


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