55 Years Of Aviation Week’s Stealth Reporting
“News is what someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising,” is a statement reliably attributed to dozens of people (unusually, not including Winston Churchill, Mark Twain or Will Rogers), but it is nonetheless true. Reporting on defense naturally runs up against the limits of classification, because one of the reasons for making information secret is to prevent its public dissemination. Aviation Week earned its “Aviation Leak” nickname decades ago. Very often, reporting is the best test for whether something is properly classified; if word has reached the ears of editors, it has almost certainly reached foreign intelligence services first.
As Aviation Week & Space Technology approaches its centennial in 2016, our senior editors cast their eyes back to iconic developments that have changed the shape of the industry – and to the future to predict the paths they might follow. In the first of a special series, we explore the art of deception: stealth.