Here’s how the Serbians were able to detect and shoot down an F-117 Stealth jet during Operation Allied Force

How an old missile system was able to shoot down a U.S. Air Force stealth aircraft during Operation Allied Force.

On Mar. 27, 1999, the fourth night of Operation Allied Force (OAF) over Serbia, a U.S. Air Force F-117 Nighthawk (# 82-0806, whose remains are exhibited at Belgrade Air Museum), flown by Lt. Col. Darrell P. Zelko, was shot down while returning to Aviano airbase, after a strike mission against a target near Belgrade. This F-117, callsign “Vega 31”, was downed ...

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