Forget for a moment that motorcycles need to lean in turns (a less-than-small issue with this bodywork), and let’s concentrate instead on the stealthiness of this less-than-military-grade stealth treatment. In a word, it’s unstealthy.
Continue reading Shutdown – Stealth: You’re Doing It Wrong.
Engineerd’s earlier Stealth Week post on Hidden Swiss Defenses reminded me of a couple of pictures I’d seen several years ago of hidden naval tunnels in Sweden. I finally got the chance this morning to track them down on greenhulk.net, a personal watercraft forum I’ve been known to frequent. The pics are as cool as I remembered them.
Continue reading Sweden’s Hidden Naval Bunkers
While the transparent behemoth that I wrote about earlier is probably the first aircraft designed with a form of stealth intentionally built-in, the Lockheed family of supersonic lawn darts starting with the A-12 pictured above were the first operational aircraft engineered to reduce their RADAR profile – what we currently picture as stealth technology.
Continue reading Can’t See It, Can’t Catch It: The CIA’s OXCART Dart
Before RADAR existed, “stealth” had a number of meanings – quieter flight, using terrain as cover, and reducing your visibility to human eyes. The Linke-Hofmann R1 was a WWI-era attempt to make an aircraft partially transparent using Cellon. Unfortunately, the Cellon reflected sunlight, turned yellow due to UV light, and was generally a [...]
The Chengdu J-20 preparing to undergo flight testing.
Last week, the Chinese aircraft manufacturer Chengdu completed its first test flight of its new J-20 fighter, China’s first entry into the Stealth Fighter category. This momentous event has occurred far sooner than most analysts were expecting, and serves as an effective bit of sabre-rattling, [...]