US tanker aircraft KC-135 Stratotanker, intended for the refueling of US strategic bombers, received clearance for aerial refueling of stealthy F-117 Nighthawks. The corresponding directive was issued by the Air Mobility Command (AMS) USA, пишет The Drive.
Released 1 January 2021 year order, signed by Air Force Major General Joel D. Jackson, director of operations, strategic deterrence and nuclear integration in AMC, called directive “back to the Future”, since the F-117 was first allowed for air refueling in the mid-1980s, and 2006 removed from service.
The publication notes, that this order confirms information on the involvement of officially decommissioned aircraft in the performance of various tasks. celebrated, that recently the F-117 has increasingly begun to be noticed not only in the area of the secret training ground “Tonopa” BBC (United States), which is located in 110 kilometers northeast of dry Groom Lake, but also in the area of other air bases in the United States. “Night hawks” are attracted to participate in large-scale exercises of the US Army and the US Navy. Besides, they are used to check the radars of new aircraft, primarily F-35.
(…) use of the F-117 expanded, and this aircraft even played an important role in the recent international air exercises Red Flag international air combat
– According to the publication, adding that we can already talk about the return “night hawks” into operation, while the truth is unofficial.
Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk - low-signature single-seat tactical subsonic strike aircraft. Adopted in 1983 year and withdrawn from service in 2006. Took part in armed conflicts in Panama, Persian Gulf, Yugoslavia. Total produced 64 of the F-117 aircraft.