People around the globe are fascinated with planes. In this case, we are going to hear a fascinating story about a jet. Lieutenant Colonel Dale Zelko was in the Serbian air on March 27th, 1999, when he was suddenly fighting for his life. The pilot was manning the F-117, which is known as the United States Air Force’s stealth fighter. Zelko and his undetectable aircraft were a vital part of the NATO-led Operation Allied Force. He was planned to help stop the conflict between Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian and Serb populations. However, that all came to a crashing halt when a missile became locked on Zelko’s F-117.
Wasn’t Supposed To Happen
There was much confusion when Zelko realized there was a missile lock on his aircraft. The plane’s angular shape and built-in features were specifically designed to deflect radar detection. Somehow, Zelko wasn’t able to go undetected through the Serbian skies that night.
How Was He Detected?
Commander Zoltan Dani was the man that came up with an excellent method to gain knowledge of where the F-117s were in the skies. This tactic was something the Americans tried to prevent from happening because it could put a lot of people in danger.