May 21, 2006
A pair of F-117A Nighthawks taxi Feb. 13 at Nellis Air Force
In legal battles that spanned a decade, the government refused
to acknowledge that fumes from open-pit burning of stealth
coatings used on its radar-evading warplanes harmed workers at
the secret Area 51 installation along the dry Groom Lake bed
where high-tech aircraft are tested.
Yet in an unclassified May 19, 2005, “Safety Supplement” that
was pulled along with other technical documents last month from
a Web site at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., emergency responders
are warned about the danger of inhaling “hazardous byproducts of
burning wreckage” of F-117A Nighthawk fighter jets.