Feb 12

Emily Fairfax's Comps Presentation

Students, Faculty, and Staff are invited to attend Emily's presentation on Stealth Aircraft.

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
3:10 – 4:10 pm / Olin 141

Emily Fairfax Comps Presentation
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:10 pm
Olin 141

Flying Behind Enemy Lines:  Stealth Aircraft Technology of the U.S. Military

         The element of surprise is invaluable when it comes to modern warfare. An undetected air force can be exceptionally powerful, and an obvious air force a major vulnerability. Unsurprisingly, U.S. military aircraft with 100ft wingspans and roaring thousand degree engines are not inherently sneaky. To overcome the innate detectability of military aircraft, a number of stealth technologies have been developed. This paper is an examination of the fundamental physics and engineering behind how the various stealth technologies work, and also seeks to provide context for how they have been implemented in various military aircraft. Technologies discussed include radar, infrared, acoustic, and visual stealth ranging in implementation from WWI propeller planes to aircraft so new they are still under development today.

“Until detection, everything else is irrelevant; none of the subsequent events of warfare are possible without detection” – American Federation of Scientists

Sponsored by Physics and Astronomy. Contact: Trenne Fields, x4383