By Bill Minutaglio
First released in 2003, City on Fire is a gripping, intimate account of the explosions of 2 ships loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer that demolished Texas urban, Texas, in April 1947, in a single of the main catastrophic failures in American historical past.
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In addition, Lockheed made extensive use of RAM in all the sharp horizontal edges of the aircraft that might be hit by radar waves, including chines, wing leading edges, and elevons. The RAM consisted of a plastic honeycomb material that made up 20 percent of the aircraft’s structural wing area. Although the SR-71 was 108 feet long and weighed 140,000 pounds, it had the RCS of a Piper Cub. 5 As tantalizing as their promise appeared, low observables depended on capturing so many variables in the aircraft’s signature that it took a revolution in computing technologies to make the engineering tasks feasible.
Tactical Advantages of Stealth Aircraft Target 10 km 20 km 30 km 40 km 50 km Surveillance Radar Does Not Acquire Fire Control Radar Does Not Acquire Beyond Missile Flyout Seeker Homing Fails Valid Shot Bowtie LO2 Medium Altitude Doppler Notch Threat The red zone represents real danger for an aircraft attempting to overfly the target. However, the smaller the red zone, the less time the aircraft would spend in it. Employing a weapon with just a few kilometers of standoff range could keep this out of the red zone on ingress.
Page 28 THE RADAR GAME The B-2 went into production with 10 distinct trailing edges at constant angles to ensure that radar energy was reflected from the trailing edges of the wing into two directions well away from the immediate rear of the aircraft. The flying wing design eliminated vertical control surfaces and made it easier both to incorporate RAM and to hide engines and ordnance within the fuselage because the entire aircraft body produces lift and causes little drag. The F-117 and the B-2 both traded some features of aerodynamic performance in order to achieve stealth.