Armour Collection B11E091 USAF Lockheed F-117A Stealth Fighter-Bomber - 53rd Test and Evaluation Group, Holloman AFB, New Mexico (1:48 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
It may just be the most sophisticated warplane ever built. Virtually invisible to radar, the F-117 Ghostrider, better known as the "Stealth", has revolutionized the tenets of air warfare. Developed in secrecy, the Stealth made its combat debut over Panama in the late nineteen-eighties and was again employed in the Gulf War a few years later. Prowling the night skies over Baghdad with impunity, it struck the most heavily defended Iraqi targets while eluding the enemy's extensive anti-aircraft defenses. The F-117's unusual shape, advanced composite materials, and internal weapons loadout make it all but invisible to radar. Flying at night, this black beauty is also invisible to the naked eye. Because it can't be detected, the F-117 can take its time on the attack, making it deadly accurate.
Pictured here is a spectacular 1:48 scale diecast replica of a F117A Nighthawk stealth fighter-bomber, nicknamed "The Dragon," which was flown by the 53rd Test and Evaluation Group based at Holloman AFB, New Mexico. Sold Out!
Historical Account: The 53rd Test and Evaluation Group (TEG) is made up of numerous squadrons, direct-reporting detachments, squadron detachments at 17 stateside bases. They are the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base Florida; 31st Test Evaluation Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base California; 422d Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base Nevada; 72nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base Missouri; 337th Test Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base Texas; 53 TEG OL-A Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Test Center at Tuscon Arizona; and 49th Test Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base Louisiana.
Detached units at Holloman Air Force Base New Mexico, Kirtland Air Force Base New Mexico, Cannon Air Force Base New Mexico, Luke Air Force Base Arizona, Tinker Air Force Base Oklahoma, Hill Air Force Base Utah, and Dyess Air Force Base Texas, support this group and its numerous squadrons.
The 53rd TEG is responsible for the overall management of the wing's flying activities at Eglin and Nellis. Members of the 53d TEG execute operational test and evaluation, tactics development, and evaluation projects assigned by Headquarters Air Combat Command. Aircraft assigned to the group include test-configured F-15 Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16, B-1, B-2, B-52 bombers, A-10, HH60, Global Hawk, Predator, and F-22 aircraft.