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The F-117 Stealth Fighter Program Actually Had A 'Klingon Cloaking Device'

With technology that had never been seen before, the U.S. Air Force went to amazing lengths to keep the stealth F-117 Nighthawk program under tight wraps during the 1980s. As the program matured into an operational force, deploying F-117s in small numbers became a real possibility. But maintaining the aircraft’s veil…

How Stealth Was Baptized By Fire During Desert Storm 25 Years Ago

One of the most spellbinding military capabilities used 25 years ago during the Operation Desert Storm was stealth technology. Despite many billions of dollars invested, until that point it had never been proven in actual combat on a large scale. This would change in the opening moments of the conflict as F-117s…

Keeping Stealth Stealthy: The F-117's Secret Life At Tonopah Test Range Airport

The F-117, America’s first operational “stealth” aircraft, remains one of the most charismatic yet enigmatic jets ever. Even now it looks like something from the distant future, and its peculiar retirement has been followed by sightings of the “Black Jet” still flying over the desolate Nevada desert, very near where…

Northrop Grumman Wins The Contract To Produce America's Next Stealth Bomber

After a maze of programs and initiatives that lasted a decade-and-a-half, the U.S. Air Force has chosen its next bomber. The battle for the contract between a consortium of Lockheed Martin-Boeing and Northrop has been hard fought and comes with huge implication, and Northrop Grumman has been selected as the winner.

This Breathtaking New Footage Of The B-2 Stealth Bomber Is The Best Ever

With the announcement of who will build the Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) seemingly imminent, it is interesting that Northrop Grumman, the builder of the famed B-2 Stealth Bomber, just released this incredible high-definition footage of their legendary flying wing design weaving through the skies gracefully.

EBay User Claims To Be Selling Part Of The Only Stealth F-117 Ever Shot Down

Never-Seen Photos Of Boeing's 1960s Stealth Jet Concept That Predicted The Future

For years, all the aviation world knew about Boeing’s secret stealth project from the 1960s was limited to a name and a single mysterious photo. It seemed like a relic out of time, possessing many stealthy design features that wouldn’t exist until decades later, and even then, only in highly classified black projects.

The Pointy End Of Northrop's Flying Wings Then And Now

The images above provide an interesting comparative study of the nose sections of Northrop’s YB-49 circa the late 1940s and present day’s Northrop Grumman’s B-2A Spirit stealth bomber. Jack Northrop (and Nazi Germany to some extent) was way ahead of his time when it came to envisioning flying wings as the future of…

Mysterious Stealth F/A-18 Test Article Is Indeed A Fully Formed Specimen

We just reported on what appears to be an exotic stealth Super Hornet test article stored at the USAF’s Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Group’s boneyard in Arizona. Due to limited photographic evidence we could only theorize that article in question was a fully formed concept, not a much more conventionally…

A New Angle On This Shadowy Stealth F/A-18 Hornet Concept Is Intriguing

One of our readers, Gareth Webber, pointed out a strange looking aircraft stored at AMARG, the Pentagon’s aircraft boneyard in Tucson, AZ. I immediately noticed it from an article that ran a year and a half ago in Aviation Week about a stealthy F/A-18 Hornet concept that was photographed sitting along the AMARG…

Meet Northrop's XST, The Plane That Lost Out To The Original Stealth Jet

The year was 1974, and Defense Research Projects Agency was becoming more and more interested in the idea that an aircraft, or a remotely piloted vehicle, could be almost totally invisible to enemy sensors. The aircraft that resulted was the F-117 Nighthawk, better known as the first stealth fighter. This is not that…

Watch This B-2's Refueling Receptacle Disappear Before Your Very Eyes!

Our good friend David Cenciotti posted a very cool USAF video showing a B-2 Spirit being refueled high over Montana. Watching the flying wing's control surfaces working to keep it stabilized below the KC-135 is always amazing, but the real payoff comes at the end when we see the jet's revolving refueling receptacle…

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