SR71-Blackbird: Faster than Missiles

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird travels three times faster than the speed of sound and has outrun more than 4,000 missiles.

SR71-Blackbird: Faster than Missiles

SR71-Blackbird: Faster than Missiles
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The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird travels three times faster than the speed of sound and has outrun more than 4,000 missiles.

SR71-Blackbird: Faster than Missiles

SR71-Blackbird: Faster than Missiles
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The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird travels three times faster than the speed of sound and has outrun more than 4,000 missiles.

F-117 Stealth Fighter: Making Radar Obsolete

F-117 Stealth Fighter: Making Radar Obsolete
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The Lockheed F-117 Stealth Fighter ushered in a new era of aviation history with its ability to elude radar due to its shape and innovative surface material.

B-17: The Game Changer

B-17: The Game Changer
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The introduction of the B-17 Flying Fortress during World War II increased the Allies' air dominance as well as increased their ability to precisely bomb enemy targets.

Radar: Silent But Deadly

Radar: Silent But Deadly
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Though both sides already possessed radar technology and equipment, it was Britain who used it to greatest effect during the Battle of Britain, thus repelling Hitler's aerial invasion.

Warplanes: Eyes in the Sky

Warplanes: Eyes in the Sky
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The Battle of Neuve Chapelle in France during WWI exposed the warplane's pivotal role in gathering information on the enemy through aerial photography.

Warplanes: Flying Guns

Warplanes: Flying Guns
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French pilot Roland Garros saw to it that the idea of shooting bullets through the propeller came to fruition, but when his innovative plane fell into German hands the Allies were in big trouble.

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Breaking the Sound Barrier
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All supersonic planes have adhered to the same principle first established by the Bell-X1 in 1947 when it was the first aircraft to successfully break the sound barrier.

The Jet Age: Growing Pains

The Jet Age: Growing Pains
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In the pioneering days of jet fighter development some fundamental and elusive principles of high speed flight had to be studied and understood in order for development to continue.

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