A few weeks ago, images began to surface online of an F-117 Nighthawk flying over Nevada and California. Despite being formally retired for more than a decade, a number of these aircraft are consistently maintained in flyable condition, prompting sporadic sightings over the years that never fail to get the aviation community buzzing.

This most recent sighting, however, came with a number of interesting details that aren’t as commonly seen on the rare occasions these birds get to spread their wings. Most notably, a series of unconfirmed reports state that at least four of these stealth aircraft were reactivated to fly combat missions over the Middle East as recently as 2017.