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Battle of the X-Planes

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The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:

Behind the Scenes
Read producer Mike Jorgensen's account of what it was like to be the first ever to take cameras inside of some of American's most classified facilities. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Where Combat Planes Retire
Discover what happens to thousands of retired military aircraft sent to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, a storage-and-scrapping facility outside of Tucson, Arizona. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Meet a Test Pilot
Learn what it's like to hurtle towards the ground at 575 miles per hour, how it feels to fly something that nobody's ever flown before, and what makes a successful test pilot in this interview with Navy test pilot Philip "Rowdy" Yates. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Designing for Stealth
Achieving stealth means minimizing all the ways an enemy can detect a plane, whether by sight, noise, heat, or radar waves. In this interactive, find out how engineers design planes to avoid detection. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Outfitting a Fighter Pilot
Click on different parts of an outfitted F-15 fighter pilot to learn what's in his flight gear, a 40-pound collection of vital clothing and equipment designed to counteract the effects of altitude and high speed. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Getting Airborne
Learn what allows wings to pull an aircraft aloft in this online activity. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Wing Designs
Experiment with various wing designs in this online activity to see how airfoil shape and angle of attack affect the relationship between lift and drag. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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Program Transcript
Complete narration for the TV program.

Teacher's Guide
Battle of the X-Planes
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