The Science of Stealth
The most classified technology in a stealthy airplane is its skin.
- By Roger A. Mola
- Air & Space magazine, September 2013
USAF / MSgt Keith Baxter
Radar returns enable trackers to estimate the type and size of an aircraft. An ideal stealthy aircraft would have no discernible shape on a radar screen; its return might resemble a small fuzzy ball. How an airplane appears on a radar screen depends on the side presented to the radar beam. The stelathiest aspect of the F-22 is nose-on.