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Old 02-16-2017, 09:55 AM   #41
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One came through RAF Linton on Ouse in 1995 (I think or possibly 96) and I can give you all a few hints as to what it looked like from ATC Radar (Watchman). RAF Linton on Ouse is a training base that operates the Shorts Tucano.

One F117 came through for a practice diversion so it was under surveillance radar control and precision approach radar control. The F117 had next to no radar signature outside of 10 miles, next to no primary return. It had around 1/8 the primary return at less than one mile compared to a Tucano.
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One came through RAF Linton on Ouse in 1995 (I think or possibly 96) and I can give you all a few hints as to what it looked like from ATC Radar (Watchman). RAF Linton on Ouse is a training base that operates the Shorts Tucano.

One F117 came through for a practice diversion so it was under surveillance radar control and precision approach radar control. The F117 had next to no radar signature outside of 10 miles, next to no primary return. It had around 1/8 the primary return at less than one mile compared to a Tucano.
...and when operating in non combat environments radar reflectors attached to the airframe were standard equipment.

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Just like how there was a old 90's movie "broken arrow" about F-117, and how they simply started to track it by scanning air disturbance that aircraft caused by speeding through the air.
Wasn't that a B-2? It's been awhile since I saw that movie. What they flew at the beginning was a B-2 but I don't remember if there were any other planes in the movie.
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So its 'invisibility' without reflectors is near on 100% then.
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Old 02-17-2017, 04:07 PM   #45
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on long range yes, but not from close range
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