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Originally posted by flyby
I wanted to see how dumb the US really is and I decided to find out what could be obtained legally on defense web sites. Take my recent case study: the hull of the stealth bomber.
From Lockheed Martin, I found out the stealth was made by a carbon epoxy hull
From this site I have determined the stealth is made from a graphite fiber and an epoxy resin.
Despite my knowledge of the military orders, from what I can make, the timing and suggestion of this article could lead to the suggestion that the stealth bomber could be made up of similar chemicals.
[edit on 16-6-2004 by flyby]
Originally posted by Ezekial
I'll try and represent ASCII graphically what the 'paint' on a Stealth does (I apologise in advance):
Forgive the picture, anyway the paint has hexagonal holes in it that waves go into hitting the angular base and ricocheting (spelling) around the hole until it disipates (spelling).
EDIT: won't let me write it without wordwrapping. Plus too lazy to find proper pic.
[edit on 17-6-2004 by Ezekial]
Originally posted by Nans DESMICHELS
There are two diffrents stealth strategies :
The F-117 stealth is reflective. Some people say that a small picture is better than all words..; Here it is :
You see ?
In this case, the coating must be fluid. We had problems with the f-117 stealth system because the 1st coating had a tendency to absorb water, and the f-117 loosed his stealth under rain or over the sea. We re-deisgned coatings to a more compact polymer structure.
The b-2 strategy is different. B-2 is designed to be the more "flat" possible. And also to absorb radars waves instead of deviating them.
I can't make you another draw because my upload account is full...
...but it's on the b-2 that bee-wax structures coatings are used.