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"Stealth" Fighter Coming To South Coast Museum For Permanent Display

A F-117 Nighthawk fighter. They were the first aircraft to use stealth technology

A Ventura County museum is soon going to be home to a historic aircraft.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley is getting a F-117 Nighthawk attack aircraft on loan from the U.S. Air Force for permanent display.   The unusually shaped aircraft were the first of their type of use stealth technology.

The planes were in use from 1983 to 1999, most notably in the 1991 Gulf War.  Library officials say the actual aircraft coming to the museum flew 78 combat missions, more than the rest of the entire fleet of 64 planes combined.

The 65 foot long planes were built with an angular shape, and with a radar absorbing material to make them hard to detect.  Plans call for the plane to go on display December 7th.  It will be located outdoors on the west side of the Library’s grounds.