on Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020, two F-117 Nighthawk stealth jets made a surprise visit to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, landing at the base outside San Diego at around 17.30LT.
While the reason for the visit is unknown, what’s certain is that the aircraft did not perform an emergency diversion: the audio obtained by The War Zone clearly proves the F-117s were not emergency traffic (otherwise they would have stated their status on their first radio call to Miramar Tower) nor did they perform any precautionary pattern. They simply followed the standard VFR recovery, reporting the Initial Point for the visual pattern.
Here’s a video, showing the touchdown of one of the two stealth aircraft that was just posted by Airshowstuff on their Instagram account.
If the F-117s deployed to MCAS Miramar to take part in some kind of exercise in SOCAL, then we will probably find out in the next few days.
The F-117s are not retired at all, quite the contrary. They have started to appear more frequently, even at significant distance from their usual homebase at TTR.
Therefore, expect more reports and, hopefully, more photographs and videos in the next days as the “Wobblin’ Goblin” starts operating from MCAS Miramar.