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Battle of the X-Planes: Two aerospace giants compete to build the military's next-generation fighter plane.
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Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes Producer Mike Jorgensen describes what it was like to take cameras inside some of America's most classified facilities.

Where Combat
Planes Retire

Where Combat Planes Retire Visit Arizona's "boneyard," where old fighters and bombers await a call to duty—or to the scrap yard.

Meet a Test Pilot
Meet a Test Pilot Find out why Navy Commander Philip "Rowdy" Yates works hard to make test flights as boring as possible.


Interactives

Designing for Stealth
Designing for Stealth How do you render a 15-ton hunk of flying metal nearly invisible to the enemy?

Outfitting a
Fighter Pilot

Outfitting a Fighter Pilot A pilot's gear is a sophisticated support system that can save his life in deadly situations.

Getting Airborne 
Getting Airborne Send a plane down a runway at top speed and see how it achieves enough lift to take off.

Wing Designs
Wing Designs Experiment with airfoil shapes and discover how they affect the way a plane flies.


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