Posted on November 22, 2016
On this date in 1977, British Airways began service to New York City on a supersonic jet with turbojet! “Supersonic” means “faster than sound,” but in this case it means a jet that can travel over twice the speed of sound!
The Concorde was a project created by French and British companies, and only Air France and British Airways purchased any of the airplanes. These planes offered much greater speed than most, plus luxury – but at a fairly large cost! The Concorde was pretty much for rich people.
On this date in 1988, the first B-2 Spirit stealth bomber was shared with the world. A stealth bomber is even more inaccessible for us average citizens, since it is a military vehicle designed to penetrate defenses that would detect most aircraft.
How does it do that?
The stealth bomber uses multi-spectral camouflage to confuse radar. It uses special anti-reflective paint so that it is hard to spot visually. It uses technologies to dampen the sound that would normally accompany a jet flying by, and it even has ways to confuse infrared sensors!
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