The Palm Springs Air Museum is offering more opportunities to view its new F-117 Nighthawk, which arrived last week during a special welcoming and retirement ceremony.
The museum has since received several inquiries from those unable to attend Saturday’s event and is offering six “F-117A Exclusive Visitor Experiences,” with tickets starting at $45 each.
Each experience will be 90 minutes and include a different Skunk Works expert, or F-117 pilot, to interpret the airplane. Each session will also include a different limited edition T-shirt and a chance to look inside the cockpit.
The events are scheduled to be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 30, Nov. 27 and 28, Dec. 26, Jan. 2 and Feb. 6.
Tickets are limited and sell for $45 each or $245 for the entire series of six experiences. Tickets may be purchased online at PSAirMuseum.org.
Skunk Works experts already confirmed for the first two sessions are Steve Justice, the former director of Advanced Systems Development at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works Division, and Bob Driver, media specialist, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works.
More speakers directly associated with the aircraft are expected to be announced soon, museum officials said.
The museum’s Stealth Fighter #883 is one of only 59 produced. Typically black, the Nighthawk arrived with an aluminum-colored exterior since its radar-absorbent material had been removed as part of a demilitarization process from the Air Force.
The stealth fighter had its first flight in 1981 and was almost invisible to radar thanks to its design and a coating of radar-absorbent material. It wasn’t until 1990 that the fighter made its first public appearance, according to Lockheed Martin.
The museum’s aircraft is the second highest combat mission aircraft in the fleet, logging 75 combat hours during Operation Desert Storm and Allied Force, museum officials said. The aircraft was also the 49th Wing Commander’s aircraft during Operation Allied Force.
In total, the aircraft has 5,140 hours of flight and is retiring to Palm Springs Air Museum permanently.
Museum Vice Chair and Managing Director Fred Bell said the air museum is the only private facility in the country with an F-117 Nighthawk. The museum has raised enough funds for the aircraft’s hangar and most of its restoration.
The aircraft with the “Black Devil” logo will soon go through restoration, which includes restoring its squadron color and conducting repairs. The process is estimated to take about a year, Bell said.
Once restoration is complete, the Nighthawk will go on permanent display in the museum’s Jim Houston Pavilion.
The Palm Springs Air Museum has more than 71 vintage airframes from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War on exhibit in 86,000 square feet of open hangars and on the tarmac.
Additional displays and memorabilia are located throughout the hangar facilities.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission rates range from $11.50 to $18.50. Children 12 and under are admitted free free with paid adult admission. There are also discounts for seniors and teenagers.
Active military and immediate family are admitted to the museum for free with ID.
For more information, visit PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org or call (760) 778-6262.
Previous reporting by staff writer Shane Newell included in this report.
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