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[NOVA] "Battle of the X-Planes"
Not specifically dinosaurian, but certainly relevant to recent discussions on
flying, particularly the last paragraph on wing designs.
Subj: [NOVA] "Battle of the X-Planes"
Date: 1/31/2003 4:01:16 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (NOVA)
To: email@example.com (NOVA Online Mailing List)
NEXT ON NOVA: "BATTLE OF THE X-PLANES"
Broadcast: February 4, 2003
(NOVA airs Tuesdays on PBS at 8 p.m. Check your local listings as
dates and times may vary.)
Two aviation giants, Lockheed Martin and Boeing, compete to build the
next-generation fighter jet and win the largest government contract
ever awarded. For more than five years, with unprecedented access from
the Pentagon, NOVA followed the trials and tribulations of this neck-
and-neck design war. The program gives a unique inside perspective on
every phase of the competition, from design and assembly to the
thrilling test flights and finally to the Pentagon's stunning
announcement of the winner.
Here's what you'll find on the companion Web site:
Articles and Interview
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
Visit Arizona's "boneyard," where old fighters
and bombers await a call to duty -- or to the
Meet a Test Pilot
Find out why Navy Commander Philip "Rowdy" Yates
works hard to make test flights as boring as possible.
Designing for Stealth
How do you render a 15-ton hunk of flying metal
nearly invisible to the enemy?
Outfitting a Fighter Pilot
A pilot's gear is a sophisticated support system
that can save his life in deadly situations.
Send a plane down a runway at top speed and see how
it achieves enough lift to take off.
Experiment with airfoil shapes and discover how they
affect the way a plane flies.