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Plan Public Viewing for Once-Secret Craft

November 14, 1989

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) _ Air Force officials say they may soon allow the public to see the top secret stealth fighter, a radar-evading aircraft they once denied even existed.

Ron Bloise, a spokesman at Nellis Air Force Base, said Monday the Air Force and the Defense Department are working on a date to allow the viewing and to declassify the stealth program.

The fighters are based at Nellis and fly out of the Tonopah Test Range northwest of Las Vegas.

Officials say declassification of the jet, known as the F-117-A, is part of a continuing process that began a year ago when the Air Force first acknowledged its existence.

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