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Deployments in the Persian Gulf

An F-117 Nighthawk pulls onto the tarmac at Holloman Air Force Base on April 16, 2003, as it returned with four other F-117s from Southwest Asia after supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. This F-117 displays 16 combat mission marks showing the number of combat missions it flew during the deployment.  
49th Fighter Wing

Home base: Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico

Destination: Kuwait

Aircraft: F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighters

Units: The 49th Fighter wing is home to the Air Force's two operational Nighthawk squadrons -- the 8th and 9th fighter squadrons, known as the "Black Sheep" and "Flying Knights," respectively.

Duties: The F-117A is the Air Force's only fighter plane that uses stealth technology. The F-117s were the first aircraft to drop bombs in Baghdad on March 19. They flew more than 80 missions and dropped nearly 100 Enhanced Guided Bomb Units, EGBU-27s. The F-117A was used during the Persian Gulf War, and pilots from the 8th and 9th squadrons flew missions in Kosovo during Operation Allied Force.

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