Modern Marvels

Season 14 Episode 33

Extreme Aircraft II

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Sep 20, 2007 on The History Channel



  • Trivia

    • The F-35 Lightning II is nearly 40 percent carbon-fiber composite by weight – the most of any fighter in history.

    • Because of its sleek profile, the radar cross-section of a B-1B bomber is one hundred times smaller than that of the B-52.

    • In the 1970s, The C.I.A. built a scale replica of a dragonfly called Insectothopter – a remote-controlled Micro Air Vehicle intended to deliver a listening device. An inability to maneuver in air currents doomed it to failure.

    • Between 2000 and 2005, a NASA program sometimes call The Highway in the Sky developed navigation technologies for the projected future when personal air vehicles fill the skies.

  • Quotes

    • Narrator: Prepare for takeoff. Extreme aircraft of all kinds are maneuvering for position in the skies of the 21st century. From a fighter jet straight out of Star Wars and a supersonic bomber that thinks it's a fighter to miniature eyes in the skies, personal sized flying machines and jumbo jets that would blow away Smokey the Bear. Now, Extreme Aircraft II, on Modern Marvels.

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