SuperiorPilotMe wrote:It was on the Fighter Pilot podcast when they did the F-117 episode, https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/epi ... nighthawk/https://theaviationist.com/2020/06/03/f-117s-had-an-air-to-air-capability-with-secondary-mission-to-shoot-down-soviet-awacs-former-stealth-pilot-says/
“yes his primary role was attack but having said that, it could actually carry every munition in the inventory at the time of its insertion, with the exception of the Sparrow missile which was radar-guided so we could carry air-to-air missiles we could carry the full gamut of air-to-ground munitions and everything. So the f-117 designation has long been rumored and then postulated and and many beers have gone down about why it was as such but I think it was basically they just said – hey we don’t want to have anything really too extraordinary out there at all – but yes in all reality it is an attack jet but it did have a limited air-to-air capability.”
RetiredWeasel wrote:A former F-4 squadron mate of mine flew the F117 from '86 to '91. I asked him about this after reading about the podcast a month ago. He essentialy said he had heard about some test and evaluation using the AIM-9 and trying to acquire an airborne target with their FLIR gear. However, he said never was there any training nor carrying of the AIM-9 in his operational squadron nor had he heard of any others that trained in it. He personally said, trying to do an intercept utilizing our AWACs or GCI and then acquiring an IR signature on a Soviet AWACs who would be flying lights out, would be hit or miss at night. Training in night A/G deliveries took just about all their time.
cpd wrote:Would any of them have even tried to use the AIM-9 with this plane given it was relatively slow and a sitting duck after the missile launch. Sure, they might be lucky enough to knock out a high value plane, but there is a strong chance the F117 was probably going to be shot down too if someone saw it visually.
cpd wrote:I suspect it probably never happened in real operation. Too risky for an important plane.
cpd wrote:As I thought, it never happened for real:
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/3 ... et-a-radar
Seems like the idea was investigated but didn’t seem to go anywhere at least as far as we can tell. The plane is too compromised for this purpose.
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