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1991: How it feels to fly the F-117 | From the AFJ archives @DaveMajumdar

1991: How it feels to fly the F-117 | From the AFJ archives @DaveMajumdar

From the archive: November 1991 Editor’s note: The RAF’s Squadron Leader Chris Topham climbed into the Nighthawk’s cockpit in April 1991. UK Pilot Takes “Psychology Lesson” at Controls of F-117A Stealth Fighter Flying USAF’s F-117A stealth fighter is a lesson in psychology rather than aerodynamics. It requires the pilot to abandon human senses completely and allow electronic instruments to work in their absence, according to a British officer who is flying that once-secret aircraft under an exchange program between DoD and the UK Ministry of Defense. In fact, two UK pilots have flown the F-117A Stealth fighter under the Pentagon’s foreign officer exchange program. Having flown the F/A-18 Hornet, the AV-8B Harrier II and the Mirage 2000 in addition to the Jaguar, Topham said he would rather be flying the F-117A not only because of the privilege, but because of the aircraft’...

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