By Peter Pae, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
April 23, 2008
Not everyone missed out on Tuesday's top-secret passing of one of the world's most mysterious aircraft.
Gareth Goetz, an Anaheim mortgage broker, was one of 100 cheering aviation buffs who gathered in Palmdale at a makeshift viewing spot just outside the gates of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s defense plant.
Many in the crowd drove hours to catch a view of the last four F-117A Night Hawk stealth fighter jets in the nation's arsenal as they made their final flight before heading off for mothballing at a desert base in Nevada.
Because the F-117A's stealth technology is still considered classified, the public was not allowed to attend a private retirement ceremony inside the base.
The Pentagon attempted to keep even the last flight top secret, much the way the plane has flown since it was conceived 30 years ago.
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