By Cooper, Rich
'Black Jets' and 'Bandits' as you've never seen them before! This publication brings together a collection of world-class, unseen images from the final operations of the legendary F-117A Nighthawk - the original secret 'stealth fighter'. Photographer Rich Cooper was afforded oper...ational access to the 'Black Jets' of the 49th Fighter Wing during the final years of F-117 operations. Taken in the lead-up to the type's official retirement over a decade go, this rare, unparalleled collection is now available in one publication for the first time - along with the stories behind the images. Through extraordinary photographs and recollections, readers are presented with material that forms a visual showcase of the last operational chapter of this still-classified platform. Step inside the 'canyons' at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, to join the 'Bandits' on the flight line; witness the spectacle of the 'Silver Stealth' celebrations with the launch and recovery of over 30 F-117s; relive the last European deployment where crowds were wowed for a final time; join the final Red Flag exercise as night falls on the bristling Nellis flight line; climb inside a tanker for daylight and sunset refuelling missions; and go air-to-air over the White Sands desert in the definitive photo sortie. The F-117A Nighthawk was like nothing ever flown before and we may never see such a revolutionary design again - the 'Black Jet' genuinely broke the mould of air combat. This unique collection of images celebrates the final milestones of its distinguished service.Read more
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Rich Cooper is a full-time professional photographer and journalist with around 30 years of experience. He has been commissioned for shoots all over the globe, with a 15-year career in publishing, editorial, design and journalism. Rich was a 2012 Finalist in the Professional Photographer of the Year, went on to win the coveted title Action & Extreme Professional Photographer of the Year in 2014 and has received numerous other accolades. As well as the head of COAP & COAP Media, he is a Special Correspondent for Combat Aircraft and undertakes UK and worldwide submissions for magazines in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australasia. He has been a member of the Royal International Air Tattoo Photographic Team for over 20 years and is a Nikon School trainer in Aviation Photography.
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