Early F-117 stealth jets used unusual black colored drag chutes

The image in this post is particularly interesting as it shows an F-117 Nighthawk pilot deploying an unsual black drag chute.

Since later photos show white chutes used by stealth jet’s pilots, according to Lockheed Martin’s Code One, this photo was likely taken in the early years (decades…) of the Nighthawk, when the plane secretly flew, mainly at night, using all kind of tricks to deceive indiscreet eyes.

Image credit: Code One magazine


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