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(USAF / John Rossino)

The Science of Stealth

The most classified technology in a stealthy airplane is its skin

Radar Returns

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(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.

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