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New Mexico base sends last F-117s to retirement in Nevada

The Associated Press

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. ” Holloman Air Force Base has bid farewell to the F-117 Nighthawk.

The last four stealth fighters left the base Monday. They will be mothballed at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.

The Air Force’s 49th Fighter Wing and its F-117s was brought to Holloman in 1992. The F-117s will be replaced by the F-22 Raptor, which also has stealth technology.

The 49th Fighter Wing’s commander, Col. Jeff Harrigian, says the first F-117 prototype flew in 1979 and the first Nighthawk was delivered to the Air Force in 1982. Eventually, 59 F-117s were made.