Gaining exposure in the Korean War, and coming of age in Vietnam, advances in military aircraft, such as the jet engine, have enabled armed forces to fight faster, farther and with fewer lost pilots.

Grumman EA-6B Prowler

The Grumman EA-6B Prowler is a perfect symbol of the Jet Age's remarkable syntheses of engines, airframes, and electronics. Learn the Prowler's specifications, and how new technologies allow the Prowler and similar planes to stay in operation.

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    How a U.S. Spy Plane Works

    Spy planes play an integral role in international espionage. Take a look at the highly sophisticated technology of a reconnaissance plane. See more »

  • How Apache Helicopters Work

    How Apache Helicopters Work

    An Apache helicopter went down near the Iraqi town of Taji yesterday -- it's the third helicopter to go down in Iraq in 10 days. See more »

  • How Black Hawk Helicopters Work

    How Black Hawk Helicopters Work

    With outstanding speed and maneuverability, the Black Hawk helicopter is used to transport troops and supplies to and from active battlefields. Find out all about the Black Hawk. See more »

  • How Drone Strikes Work

    How Drone Strikes Work

    We know how drone strikes are supposed to work: After careful monitoring, the bad guy is targeted and taken out. The reality is often much hazier — and deadlier. See more »

  • How F-15s Work

    How F-15s Work

    Floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee -- the F-15 is the Muhammad Ali of the skies. The military has been using this fighter jet since the '70s, and it still outmaneuvers the competition. Find out why this plane has a perfect combat record. See more »

  • How F/A-18s Work

    How F/A-18s Work

    F/A-18s are now the go-to jet for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The reason? They're plenty fast, they can carry a dizzying array of bombs and missiles, they have amazing onboard electronics and they can be reconfigured to accomplish a range of missions. Check out these amazing military machines. See more »

  • How F/A-22 Raptors Work

    How F/A-22 Raptors Work

    As the newest fighter in the U.S. Air Force's aerial arsenal, the F/A-22 Raptor incorporates the latest stealth technology along with a mind-boggling array of weapons and computer systems. Learn about this dual-purpose fighter jet and attack aircraft and see what sets it apart from the F-15. See more »

  • How Military Flyovers Work

    How Military Flyovers Work

    The thrilling roar of fighter jets performing a military flyover is now a common experience at many big events. In fact, the military approves most of the 850 or so flyover requests submitted annually. What does it take to arrange a flyover? See more »

  • How No-fly Zones Work

    How No-fly Zones Work

    After the airplane was invented, it just took a few decades for the world's despots to realize air power could be used to terrorize civilian populations. Do no-fly zones succeed at protecting the innocent? See more »

  • How the MQ-9 Reaper Works

    How the MQ-9 Reaper Works

    Early unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) primarily carried out reconnaissance missions in war zones, but the Reaper packs some serious heat. Is there anything more foreboding than a drone with a Hellfire missile? See more »

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