Stealth And Counterstealth


Manfred von Richthofen was called the Red Baron because of the color of his airplane, but pilots who, unlike him, survived WW1 often did so in aircraft painted to blend with the ground or the sky. 20 years later, camouflage paint seemed irrelevant – the USAAF in Europe stopped painting airplanes altogether – because of the development of radar. But intensive work had already started on both baffling radar with jamming, and making aircraft less visible, and Aviation Week was in the lead on reporting what was often highly classified research – such as the Compass Arrow stealth drone that literally dropped out of a blue sky at Los Alamos, and the early studies that led to the F-117 and the B-2 bomber.

Our Sept 14. special report brings the story up to the present day and beyond, as the game of hide-and-seek continues with new radar and infrared detection technology on the one hand, and the still-secret RQ-180 “extreme low observables” drone on the other.

Stealth Technology: How Not To Be Seen

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Publisher's Letter

Lester D. Gardner published the first issue of Aviation Week’s predecessor magazine at 120 W. 32nd Street, in New York City - close to where I now publish Aviation Week & Space Technology. Our core mission of being essential to the still-growing aviation, aerospace and defense community hasn’t even moved that far! 

I think Mr. Gardner would be proud that the Aviation Week team has continued to excel at providing “accurate, scientific and unbiased” information that serves as a “great stimulus” to the success of the industry. 

Even as our content is now deployed via print, digital and event channels around the world and into space, we commit to the industry that these values of utility and service will continue to be our guiding light.

- Gregory Hamilton, President/Group Publisher, Aviation Week



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