Essay on Military aircraft
Military aircraft has become more sophisticated in variety, effectiveness in war
situations, and special maneuvering techniques in recent years. With the advance of
technology, many new and very effective aircraft have been developed. The F-117A was
used during Operation Dessert Storm and every plane came back without a scratch. The
very expensive B-2 stealth bomber has never been used in actual war, but during testing it
was a success. The Advanced Tactical Fighter program was started to make an aircraft
that could supercruise, the ability to cruise at supersonic speeds, and didn't cost very
much. The YF-22 and YF-23 were the first planes to accomplish this. With all the planes
we know of, there are also top secret programs probably going on right now. A new
fighter that has never been heard of before has been spotted. As John Welch, the assistant
secretary of Air Force said, "Stealth gives us back that fundamental element of war called
surprise" (Goodall 9).
After it was found that aircraft could be very useful in war, it was used for large scale
reconnaissance. Then people started to add bombs to aircraft and then airplanes started to
become an essence of war. After World War 2, new bombers were developed with fast
speed, and could travel far distances. They could also carry nuclear bombs and missiles.
The use of the bomber aircraft then led to the fighter, which was equipped with guns and
missiles. Helicopters were also found to be good strike aircraft. They were armed with
cannons, machine guns, rockets, torpedoes, and a variety of missiles. Vertical takeoff
made the helicopter an advantage.
The first flight of the F-117A was in June of 1981 in Groom Lake test facility. The
total cost for the development of the F-117A was...