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Science  28 Feb 2020:
Vol. 367, Issue 6481, pp. 987
DOI: 10.1126/science.aba5372

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Since the beginning of aerial combat, designers have attempted to make aircraft invisible. With each advance, however, other technologists have developed better methods for detecting covert combatants. Although scientists and engineers worked on both sides of this difficult problem for years, it was not until the 1970s that the creation of an aircraft invisible to radar became more than a mere possibility. In his new book, Stealth, Peter Westwick argues that the solution was the product of a host of special circumstances, fortuitous geography, and the aggregation of thousands of innovative and highly skilled individuals in Southern California.

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