Stealth is not new. The modern era of stealth, which began in the mid-1970s with Darpa’s Have Blue project, is half as old as radar itself, and precursor projects date to the 1950s and earlier. That modern era saw stealth go from a controversial, risky new technology to the center of a plan to rebuild U.S. combat air forces with more than 2,000 new bombers, fighters and heavy attack aircraft by the early 2000s. But today there are barely 200 operational manned stealth aircraft in ...

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