Squadron Signal Publications F-117A Nighthawk Walk Around. Losses of aircraft to radar directed missiles and anti-aircraft guns during the Vietnam War led the USAF to develop a strike aircraft less visible to radar. Debuted in 1981, it was kept secret until 1990 with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait with the F-117 playing a key role in Operation DESERT STORM. Also used in the Persian Gulf War and more recently in Yugoslavia. Details cockpit, engines, landing gear, weapons bay, and weapons. 40 pages of Full colour photography & art work.