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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    Bombs Away: Are You a Member of the Fight(er) Club?

    Fighter planes are a major cog in defense programs worldwide. How lethal is your knowledge of these sleek and deadly jets? See more »

  • How a U.S. Spy Plane Works

    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 do they deice airplanes?

    How do they deice airplanes?

    If you're traveling during the winter time, there's a good chance that your flight may be delayed because the plane needs deicing. Why do they wait until the last minute to do this? 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 Laser-firing Jets Will Work

    How Laser-firing Jets Will Work

    "Star Wars" at sea? That's sort of the promise of a new generation of laser-firing jets now being developed by the U.S. military. See more »

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