Holloman A.F.B. Retires First Fleet Of Stealth Fighters
Hundreds of people turned out at Holloman Air Force Base on Monday to bid farewell to the first of 50 F-117As Nighthawk to be retired.
Six of the world’s first operational stealth fighters were retired following the ceremony.
“It’s sort of sad, but I know like I’m a fossil in the Air Force and I’m retired, The young kids need the best that they can get and I guess the raptor is the airplane of the future,” said Retired Col. Klaus Klause, who flew the F-117A when it was in covert operations.
The F-117A Nighthawk, which has been in operation since 1982, has flown various combat operations including missions for the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars.
Ten F-117As are set to be retired from active service by October 2007; the remaining 40 will into retirement by October 2008. The stealth fighters will be flown to Tonopah Test Range, Nev., to be parked in retirement.