Four Nighthawks from the 410th FLTS include:
#79-10784 "Scorpion 5", #79-10783 "Pete's
Dragon", #85-0811 & #85-0831.
Photo: Bobbi Zapka
4/20/2007 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- Four F-117
Nighthawks from the 410th Flight Test Squadron based
at USAF Plant #42 Palmdale, fly in formation during a
sortie over the Antelope Valley in Southern
This flight is rare in that it includes the majority
of F-117s assigned to test duty in the fleet. The
formation includes from lead to trailing:
#784, which was the 5th Full Scale Development
aircraft and named 'Scorpion 5'. This aircraft was
once displayed for Secretary of Defense Caspar
Weinberger during a visit to Groom Lake. It was also
the second WSCS upgrade test aircraft.
#783 was the 4th Full Scale Development aircraft
and named 'Scorpion 4'. This aircraft was also
referred to as "Pete's Dragon" while being tested at
#811 did time in Desert Storm and has spent the
majority of it's time in the combat wing.
#831 was the first to receive OCIP upgrades and the
third to get the WSCS upgrade. It was also the
latest model F-117 to serve as test aircraft.
After 25 years of history, the aircraft is set to
retire soon. The last active combat F-117s are due to
end service at Holloman AFB sometime in 2008. The
F-117 was designed during a special time in aviation
history. It will most likely be remembered as one of
the most unique aircraft ever created.
Source: USAF Edwards AFB Press Release / TNS