A closely guarded secret since the 1970s, the existence of the F-117 Nighthawk was first acknowledged in a November 1988 Pentagon press conference. Assistant Defense Secretary J. Daniel Howard released a single grainy photograph of the aircraft.
This press release notably relaxed the secrecy surrounding the Nighthawk program, but it would be another two years until it was truly revealed to the public. On April 21, 1990 a flight of two F-117s landed in broad daylight and parked on the tarmac of Nellis Air Force Base. The “Stealth Unveiled” event drew tens of thousands of visitors, allowing unprecedented up-close access to the jet.
Due to popular demand, we have faithfully reproduced the "Stealth Unveiled" commemorative apparel which accompanied the original event.
Our Nighthawk tees are built on the Hanes Beefy-T for an accurate 1990s fit and feel. Please see the Sizing Chart page for more information.
Although the shirts are technically unisex, the Beefy-T is cut for a male wearer and may appear baggy and long on women. The shirt will shrink slightly during the first wash. After this it should fit true to size.
Our tees are screen printed with quality, custom-blended inks here in Minnesota. Printing techniques accurately replicate the original “Stealth Unveiled” t-shirt and should outlast the original in color, fastness, and durability.
The Hanes Beefy-T is constructed of 100% cotton, with slightly heavier-than-average fabric weight for durability.
Additional Design Notes
Those with keen eyes may notice that the tee and bomber are not colored identically. This is an intentional decision made to better match the original prints.