The F-117 Nighthawk will be the third historical aircraft featured in the History & Heritage Race Series, powered by the Air Force Marathon, beginning May 1.
The History & Heritage Race Series will hold six virtual races throughout the year. Each race will feature its own historical aircraft vital to the U.S. Air Force’s past.
“The F-117 Nighthawk remains one of the most notable aircraft in U.S. Air Force history for its numerous aerospace technology breakthroughs,” said race director Brandon Hough. “In almost every way the Nighthawk was a pioneer that inspired an entire generation of future scientists, engineers, pilots, and Airmen. The aircraft was last featured at the 8th Annual Air Force Marathon in 2004, and we are excited to do it again, this time as part of our History & Heritage Series.”
The Nighthawk is a twin-engine stealth attack aircraft, designed purely to evade radar signature. The Air Force and Lockheed were awarded the Collier Trophy in 1989 after providing the world’s first operational stealth aircraft. Although the aircraft saw heavy use in the Gulf War, it was retired in 2008 with the advance of the F-22 Raptor. A small portion of the fleet remains airworthy and flies to this day.
Each History & Heritage Race Series participant will receive a patch of the featured aircraft for that particular race, an aircraft information card, a finisher’s medal and a downloadable finisher’s certificate.
Participants will have the option to choose between the marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K.
To upload results, obtain a GPS-tracking app that confirms time and mileage.
For more information and to register for the race, visit http://usafvirtual.com.