image above, captured in 2010, depicts an F-117A mockup. Normally, a
mockup of the F-117A wouldn’t be a very big deal, but this one is in the
middle of Luoyang, China.
It is a full-scale mockup, with the wingspan matching the “real” F-117A at roughly 43 feet.
Why is there an F-117A mockup sitting inside of
Luoyang? There could be a completely benign purpose, such as use in some
sort of media. However, Luoyang is home to the Luoyang Electro-Optical
Technology Development Center, who is responsible for developing the
current air-to-air missiles fielded by the Chinese military.
A facility such as this would certainly be able to
make use of an accurate model of a VLO aircraft for missile seeker
evaluation, particularly in the case of seekers for active radar homing
weapons like the current PL-12.
This may be a prototype of JH-8, a VTOL capable F-117A derivative using captured technology.