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The Invisible Russian Aircraft

by John M. White |

Yes, that's right - the Russians have invented an invisible aircraft.  On November 22nd the aircraft started it's engine, taxied out for takeoff, took off and flew away with only the sound the noise from it's engine to tell it was still there.  The chase aircraft immediately lost sight of the aircraft, and it was not seen again until it taxied up in front of a group of spectators and shut down it's engine.

Shades of Wonder Woman and her "invisible plane"!  Wonder Woman is a fictional character published by DC Comics continuously since 1944 when she was created during World War II.  A member of an all-female tribe of Amazons (based on the mythological Greek Amazons) her powers included super strength, hand-to-hand combat ability, her "Lasso of Truth" (which forces those bound by it to tell the truth), a pair of unique bullet deflecting bracelets and her invisible plane.

The ever lovely Lynda Carter starred in the tv series "Wonder Woman" from 1975 to 1979.  But I digress from the real story - the real "invisible plane" developed and flown by the Russians.  The aircraft was developed for the mission of reconnaissance, so be careful as you wander about - you might be watched by this secret Russian aircraft, the Yakolvlev AIR-3.

Oh, by the way, did I happen to mention the aircraft was developed and launched on November 22, 1935?  That's right!  The aircraft was constructed of transparent Plexiglas, and the wing spars and other inner structures were constructed of mirroring amalgam so that they too would appear invisible.  With the engine cowling, landing gear and cockpit panels painted with white paint impregnated with aluminum powder and lacquered they too reflected light and appeared invisible. Click on image to enlarge

But the project never progressed beyond the flight test stage because over time the Plexiglas grew dull and radar soon came into use.  As with so many top secret Russian projects there are no original pictures of the aircraft. I doesn't matter, the aircraft was invisible after all!

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


Because I Fly

Because I fly
I laugh more than other men
I look up an see more than they,
I know how the clouds feel,
What it's like to have the blue in my lap,
to look down on birds,
to feel freedom in a thing called the stick...

who but I can slice between God's billowed legs,
and feel then laugh and crash with His step
Who else has seen the unclimbed peaks?
The rainbow's secret?
The real reason birds sing?
Because I Fly,
I envy no man on earth.


— Grover C. Norwood


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