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Silver Stealth celebration

A large crowd turned out Oct. 27, 2006, for the Silver Stealth celebration at Holloman. The event was designed to celebrate the 25th year of the "black jet" - F-117A Nighthawk - and the 250,000 flying hour.

A large crowd turned out Oct. 27, 2006, for the Silver Stealth celebration at Holloman. The event was designed to celebrate the 25th year of the "black jet" - F-117A Nighthawk - and the 250,000 flying hour.

Flying over White Sands and Lake Lucero, 25 F-117A head toward Heritage Park as part of the Silver Stealth celebration Oct. 27, 2006.

Flying over White Sands and Lake Lucero, 25 F-117A head toward Heritage Park as part of the Silver Stealth celebration Oct. 27, 2006.

Capt. Heath Armstrong (front) and 2nd Lt. Scott Panzer watch as a formation of F-117 Nighthawks pass overhead. The formation was part of the Nighthawk's 25th anniversary and 250,000 flying-hour celebration at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.  The formation consisted of 25 planes staggered into five separate groups. Captain Armstrong and Lieutenant Panzer are part of the 49th Operations Support Squadron. 
(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

Capt. Heath Armstrong (front) and 2nd Lt. Scott Panzer watch as a formation of F-117 Nighthawks pass overhead. The formation was part of the Nighthawk's 25th anniversary and 250,000 flying-hour celebration at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The formation consisted of 25 planes staggered into five separate groups. Captain Armstrong and Lieutenant Panzer are part of the 49th Operations Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

Silver Stealth celebration

Silver Stealth celebration

Silver Stealth celebration

Silver Stealth celebration

25 stealth fly over the Tularosa Basin as part of the Silver Stealth celebration Oct. 27, 2006, at Holloman.

25 stealth fly over the Tularosa Basin as part of the Silver Stealth celebration Oct. 27, 2006, at Holloman.

A large crowd watched as 25 F-117A aircraft pass over the flag pole at Heritage Park Oct. 27, 2006, for the Silver Stealth celebration at Holloman. The event was designed to celebrate the 25th year of the "hopeless diamond" and the 250,000 flying hour.

A large crowd watched as 25 F-117A aircraft pass over the flag pole at Heritage Park Oct. 27, 2006, for the Silver Stealth celebration at Holloman. The event was designed to celebrate the 25th year of the "hopeless diamond" and the 250,000 flying hour.

Retired Gen. Lloyd "Fig" Newton relates some of his memories of the F-117A during the Silver Stealth celebration at Holloman. General Newton was the base commander when the famous first generation stealth fighter arrived in the Tularosa Basin.

Retired Gen. Lloyd "Fig" Newton relates some of his memories of the F-117A during the Silver Stealth celebration at Holloman. General Newton was the base commander when the famous first generation stealth fighter arrived in the Tularosa Basin.

Brig. General Dave "Fingers" Goldfein and retired General Lloyd "Fig" Newton await the posting of the colors by the Holloman Honor Guard during the Silver Stealth celebration Oct. 27, 2006.

Brig. General Dave "Fingers" Goldfein and retired General Lloyd "Fig" Newton await the posting of the colors by the Holloman Honor Guard during the Silver Stealth celebration Oct. 27, 2006.

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Silver Stealth celebration

Capt. Christina Szasz prepares an F-117 Nighthawk for takeoff at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Oct. 27. The plane was part of a 25-plane formation celebrating the Nighthawk's 25th anniversary and 250,000 flying hour. The planes were separated into five groups and flew over the base to end the celebration ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)
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Capt. Christina Szasz prepares an F-117 Nighthawk for takeoff at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Oct. 27. The plane was part of a 25-plane formation celebrating the Nighthawk's 25th anniversary and 250,000 flying hour. The planes were separated into five groups and flew over the base to end the celebration ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

Senior Airman Justin Byars marshals in an F-117 Nighthawk for an end of runway inspection before takeoff from the Holloman Air Force Base N.M. The stealth fighter was one 25 Nighthawks that flew in a formation celebrating the plane's 25th Anniversary. Airman Byars is a crew chief with the 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)
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Senior Airman Justin Byars marshals in an F-117 Nighthawk for an end of runway inspection before takeoff from the Holloman Air Force Base N.M. The stealth fighter was one 25 Nighthawks that flew in a formation celebrating the plane's 25th Anniversary. Airman Byars is a crew chief with the 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

Senior Airman Francisco Pio and Staff Sgt. Joseph Metoyer finish an end of runway inspection on an F-117 Nighthawk before takeoff from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The stealth fighter was one of 25 Nighthawks that flew in a formation celebrating the plane's 25th Anniversary Oct. 27. Airman Pio and Sergeant Metoyer are from the 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)
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Senior Airman Francisco Pio and Staff Sgt. Joseph Metoyer finish an end of runway inspection on an F-117 Nighthawk before takeoff from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The stealth fighter was one of 25 Nighthawks that flew in a formation celebrating the plane's 25th Anniversary Oct. 27. Airman Pio and Sergeant Metoyer are from the 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

Twenty-five F-117 Nighthawks line up before takeoff from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The planes were part of a formation celebrating the Nighthawk's 25th anniversary and 250,000 flying hour. The 25 aircraft were separated into five groups and flew over the base to end the celebration ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)
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Twenty-five F-117 Nighthawks line up before takeoff from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The planes were part of a formation celebrating the Nighthawk's 25th anniversary and 250,000 flying hour. The 25 aircraft were separated into five groups and flew over the base to end the celebration ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

Brig. Gen. David Goldfein speaks at the 25th Anniversary celebration of the F-117 Nighthawk at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Many of the people who developed the aircraft and worked on it over the last 25 years attended. General Goldfein is the 49th Fighter Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)
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Brig. Gen. David Goldfein speaks at the 25th Anniversary celebration of the F-117 Nighthawk at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Many of the people who developed the aircraft and worked on it over the last 25 years attended. General Goldfein is the 49th Fighter Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

Guest speaker, retired Gen. Lloyd "Fig" Newton and Brig. Gen. David Goldfein unveil the Silver Stealth lithograph at the 25th Anniversary celebration at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 27. General Newton was instrumental in the success and integration of the early history of the F-117 Nighthawk. General Goldfein is the 49th Fighter Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)
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Guest speaker, retired Gen. Lloyd "Fig" Newton and Brig. Gen. David Goldfein unveil the Silver Stealth lithograph at the 25th Anniversary celebration at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 27. General Newton was instrumental in the success and integration of the early history of the F-117 Nighthawk. General Goldfein is the 49th Fighter Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Brian Ferguson)

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