The Science of Stealth

The most classified technology in a stealthy airplane is its skin

(USAF / John Rossino)

First Stealth Aircraft

(USAF / Bobbi Zapka)

The F-117 Nighthawk was the world’s first stealthy aircraft. Composed of flat panels, each angled so that no one is likely to be at a right angle to a radar, the F-117 was a master of deflection. Retired in 2008, F-117 Nighthawks first saw action in 1989, when the United States invaded Panama.


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