Originally Posted By: piston79
Originally Posted By: Hpasp
Remains of the F-117A vertical stabilizer in my hand...

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Extremely light and strong honeycomb structure.
The inner graphite side is like paper, the outer yellow part is like plastic or epoxy.

Each F117A plane had two sets of vertical stabilizers. One pair made of metal, one pair made of this structure.

During peacetime, only the metal pair were used, the plane could pull bigger G's during airshows, and had bigger RCS.
The wartime only, composite pair limited G's considerably, but had basically no RCS.

Last edited by Hpasp; 09/26/14 06:38 PM.

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