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The F-117A Nighthawk is a stealth ground attack aircraft manufactured by Lockheed Martin.

History

Strangereal

The Nighthawk was used by a number of air forces around the world. The Belkan Air Force used this attacker during the Belkan War, and it was the choice aircraft of a number of aces.

During the Circum-Pacific War, the Yuktobanian Air Force made infamous use of this aircraft during their attack on November City to kill Osea's senior leadership.[1]

Joint Assault Universe

The Valahia dispatched several Nighthawks, including one of their ace, Nightowl to intercept Andre Olivieri's private jet which is attempting to escape Valahia controlled airspace.[2]

Infinity Universe

The design of the Nighthawk was acquired by Wernher and Noah Enterprises and mass produced for sale with their Advanced Automated Aviation Plant. This aircraft was the preferred attacker of a number of mercenary groups, many of whom used them during Operation Eternal Liberation.

Game Analysis

Ace Combat Infinity

"The first ever stealth attacker, specialized for secret bombing runs. As the design is focused entirely on stealth capabilities the aircraft is lacking in speed and maneuverability. On the flipside, however, remaining off enemy radar allows it to use guided bombs to perform pinpoint strikes. It has unique shape comprised of plane surfaces and a special paint job in order to reflect and absorb radar waves. Known as the "Nighthawk", it gained recognition during the 1991 Gulf War for flying more than 1200 sorties without a single one of the aircraft being shot down."
Hangar
Stats and Prices Lv.1-10
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
1 575 F+ E+ D+ E+ D+ E+ 162,000
2 614 E D C E+ C D 24,000
3 653 E+ D C D C D+ 20,880
4 692 D D+ C+ D C+ C 38,160
5 731 D+ D+ B D C+ C+ 64,800
6 770 D+ C B D B B 158,400
7 809 D+ C B D B+ B+ 156,000
8 848 C C B D+ B+ B+ 252,000
9 887 C C+ B+ D+ B+ A 432,000
10 926 C+ C+ B+ D+ B+ A+ 876,000
Stats and Prices Lv.11-20
Lv. Cst SP MO ST AA AG DF Price
11 973 B B A D+ A S 1,752,000
12 1020 B+ B+ A C A+ S+ 1,284,000
13 1067 B+ B+ A+ C S S+ 2,328,000
14 1114 A A S C+ S S+ 3,216,000
15 1161 A+ A S+ C+ S+ S+ 4,320,000
16 1221 S A+ S+ C+ S+ S+ 6,048,000
17 1280 S A+ S+ B S+ S++ 6,912,000
18 1339 S+ A+ S+ B+ S+ S++ 7,776,000
19 1398 S+ S S+ B+ S+ S++ 9,936,000
20 1457 S+ S S+ A S+ S++ 12,528,000


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Weapon Ammo Lv.1-10
Lv. GUN MSL GPB SOD LAGM
1 286 108 4
2 314 110 6
3 343 112 8
4 371 114 9 13
5 400 118 10 14
6 428 122 12 16
7 457 126 13 17 18
8 468 130 14 18 20
9 515 134 15 19 21
10 544 138 16 20 22
Weapon Ammo Lv.11-20
Lv. GUN MSL GPB SOD LAGM
11 572 142 17 21 23
12 601 146 18 22 24
13 630 150 19 23 25
14 659 154 20 24 26
15 688 158 22 26 28
16 714 160 23 27 29
17 740 162 24 28 30
18 767 164 25 29 31
19 793 166 26 30 32
20 820 168 28 32 34

Part Slots
These are the minimum / maximum part slots this aircraft carries at the respective levels. Part slots can be added until they reach maximum by repeatedly sortieing with the aircraft; see Tuning for more information. A maximum of 7 parts can be equipped at any time, regardless of available slots.

BODY / Max ARMS / Max MISC / Max
Lv.1-5 18 / 38 18 / 38 18 / 38
Lv.6-14 20 / 40 20 / 40 20 / 40
Lv.15-19 21 / 41 21 / 41 21 / 41
Lv.20 22 / 42 22 / 42 22 / 42

Nicknames
Upgrading this aircraft to these levels will unlock the respective nicknames for use at any time.

  • Lv.3: Midnight Bird
  • Lv.10: Diamond Cut
  • Lv.15: Gopher Wood
  • Lv.20: Long Distance Driver

Skin Galleries

Description

Black body

Gallery

F-117A Event Skin 01

Description

"Gray Dragon" paint scheme; two-tone gray camouflage

Availability

Gallery

F-117A Nighthawk Event Skin 02 Icon

Description

Desert camouflage; based on the first production model of the Nighthawk

Availability

Gallery

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy

"The latest in stealth technology comes at the cost of maneuverability and weapons load."
Hangar description
AVAILABILITY
Complete Midnight Assassin in a second playthrough or complete 2 Extra Missions. Costs 54,200 credits.
STATISTICS
F-117A stats
WEAPONS
COLORS
  • C01: Black body
  • C02: Black and gray camouflage
  • C03: Gray body
  • C04: Green and brown camouflage
  • C05: Purple body with yellow accent
  • C06: 2-tone blue camouflage
NAMED ACES
  • D. Cowboy - Found in Opera House. Spawns close to the fuel tanks. The ace will leave the map if not shot down within a certain period of time.
GALLERY

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

DESCRIPTION
The historic first stealth aircraft which specializes in covert bombing. Because of its detailed airframe design which suppresses target detection, speed and maneuverability is limited. Instead, it is able to conduct pinpoint bombardments with long range, ground missiles and guided bombs without being detected by enemy radar nets. In order to reflect and absorb radar waves, it uses a unique airframe shape and coating configured to make a flat surface. Called the "Nighthawk", more than 1,200 sorties were made with them in the 1991 Gulf War.
AVAILABILITY
Made available at the opening of "Hostile Fleet".
STATISTICS
Speed: Medium
Mobility: Low
Stability: Medium
Fire Power: High
Defense: High
WEAPONS
MSL x194
GPB x34
LAGM x20
Flares x9
GALLERY

Ace Combat: Joint Assault

"The latest in stealth technology comes at the cost of maneuverability and weapons load."
Hangar
AVAILABILITY
Complete mission 15: Grand Flight. Costs $185,400.
STATISTICS
F-117astats
NAMED ACES
  • Nightowl - Found in Grand Flight. Spawns after escaping the ravine. The ace can only be shot down in multiplayer by anyone who isn't flying the 747 200B.
WEAPONS
COLORS
  • C01: All-black camouflage
  • C02: Forest camouflage
  • C03: "Gray Dragon" two-tone gray camouflage
  • C04: Two tone black-gray camouflage
  • C05: "Nightowl" cloudlike camouflage pattern with crescent emblem
  • C06: Worn-out two-tone monochrome camouflage
GALLERY

Ace Combat Xi: Skies of Incursion

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Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

"The “Nighthawk” is the first fully stealth capable aircraft. Its unique shape and special coating are designed to absorb and reduce enemy radar. Advanced stealth characteristics allow the F-117A to operate freely while evading enemy detection. Although its payload is limited, bunker penetrating bombs give its formidable pinpoint striking capabilities. A complete deviation from traditional fighter design, the F-117A is a revolutionary attack aircraft designed solely for stealth."
Hangar
AVAILABILITY
Complete mission 10: Ragno Fortress.
WEAPONS
MSSL x130
GPB x65
QAAM x15
LASM x35
NAMED ACES
Dzhozer
GALLERY

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

"The latest in stealth technology comes at the cost of maneuverability and weapons load."
Hangar
STATISTICS
ACEX Statistics F-117A
WEAPONS
COLORS
  • Aurelia: All-black camouflage
  • Leasath: Forest camouflage
  • Special 1: "Gray Dragon" two-tone gray camouflage
  • Special 2: Two tone black-gray camouflage
NAMED ACES
  • Inferno - Found in In Pursuit I. Spawns to the northeast and flies towards the jammer at the start of the mission.
GALLERY

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

"Nicknamed the "Nighthawk," this attack aircraft employs cutting-edge stealth technology to avoid radar detection, at the cost of maneuverability and weapon load."
Hangar
AVAILABILITY
Complete mission 14A: The Final Overture - Mars Strike Team. Costs $109,000.
STATISTICS
Speed: 39
Mobility: 38
Stability: 81
Defense: 75
Air-to-Air: 39
Air-to-Ground: 91
WEAPONS
MSSL x54
GPB x16
LAGM x12
QAAM x8
COLORS
Standard: Black body
Mercenary: Forest camouflage
Soldier: "Gray Dragon" two-tone gray camouflage
Knight: Three-tone Ferris camo
Special: Desert camouflage; based on the first production model of the Nighthawk
NAMED ACES
Regen
Spuk
Schauer
Schatten
GALLERY

Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

"Nicknamed the "Nighthawk," this attack aircraft employs cutting-edge stealth technology to avoid radar detection, at the cost of maneuverability and weapon load."
Hangar
AVAILABILITY
Complete campaign mission 15: White Noise. Costs Ƶ20,100 per aircraft.
STATISTICS
Speed: 39
Mobility: 38
Stability: 81
Defense: 75
Air-to-Air: 39
Air-to-Ground: 91
WEAPONS
MSSL x54
GPB x16
COLORS
  • OS: "Gray Dragon" two-tone gray camouflage
  • RZ: All-black camouflage
  • YK: Forest camouflage
GALLERY

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

"Although difficult to detect by radar, this Stealth attacker is limited by a small payload capacity."
Hangar
AVAILABILITY
Complete campaign mission 10: Tango Line. Costs 386,000 credits.
STATISTICS
Speed: Low
Air-to-Air: Low
Air-to-Ground: High
Mobility: Low
Stability: High
Defense: High
WEAPONS
GUN x650
MSSL x54
UGBL x14
PGB x14
CLB x14
NAMED ACES
Kwee
GALLERY

Ace Combat 2

AVAILABILITY
Complete mission 9: Swordsmith. Costs $130,000.
STATISTICS
Power: 60
Defense: 60
Mobility: 45
Stability: 50
Climbing Ability: 60
Air-to-Air: 60
Air-to-Ground: 70
NAMED ACES
Razorback
GALLERY

Air Combat

AVAILABILITY
Complete mission 1: Destroy Enemy Supply Lines. Costs $4,000,000.
STATISTICS
Stability: 10
Defense: 10
Offense: 10
Power: 40
Mobility: 10
GALLERY

Trivia

  • A notable goof in the Ace Combat games is that the F-117A is shown being capable of engaging in air to air combat, something the real Nighthawk could never do. The aircraft is also shown being equipped with an on-board cannon, despite the real F-117A never carrying any kind of gun armament, internal or otherwise. This, however, is most likely to let the player engage enemy targets like they would with other, gun-armed aircraft.
  • In the book Master File: ASF-X Shinden II, the section on the CFA-44 refers to the F-117 as the "Model-117A".
  • Also, as with the other player-controlled stealth aircraft, the F-117A Nighthawk still can be detected by the enemy radar, whereas the enemy piloted F-117A will only be able to be detected if the player is facing towards them (more prominent in Joint Assault).
  • It ties with the Typhoon for the highest number of appearances in the franchise, with 12. It also had a fictional variant in Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere, the A/F-117X NAV Hawk.

References

  1. Journey Home. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
  2. Grand Flight. Ace Combat: Joint Assault.

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