The Nighthawk has put in some serious combat hours since its first flight in 1981, flying in the first Gulf War, Kosovo, and the current Iraq quagmire. Since it's a little tricky to see a stealth fighter of radar, especially soviet-surplus radar, the F-117 was often in the vanguard of American air attacks. Only one was ever shot down in Combat, over Kosovo in 1999. Of course, the Serbian anti-aircraft gunners totally cheated and used their eyes.
The Nighthawk will be replaced by the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lighting II. So far, the Air Force has not commented on the rumors that the mothballing of the F-117 was due to an unfortunate alcohol-relared logistics error. Said one senior official close to the program:
"See, the problem is, you put a bunch of stealth fighters somewhere, go out, have a few beers, and forget where you left them. And the bastards are so hard to find. I mean, it's not like you can just turn on the radar."