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 Post subject: Hidden Aircraft exist in real life..or at least they used to
PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:01 pm 

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The aircraft in the first two pictures are Vickers Wellington medium bombers modified for minesweeping duties. Basically, mines back in the 1940s worked by detecting a magnetic imbalance, such as the metal hull of a ship, in an area that was otherwise (relatively) free of magnetic disturbances, like the middle of the ocean. Minesweeping aircraft "trick" mines into detonating early by using a large electromagnet (the coil mounted under the plane) to generate a magnetic imbalance, which would fool the mines into detonating early, as mines can not tell the difference between the magnetic field generated by the hull of a ship and a magnetic field generated by a large electromagnet.

Which got me thinking: Don't Hidden Fleet aircraft disappear on the radar sometimes? The magnetic field generated by the electromagnet could (in theory) scramble radar pulses with a few modifications. Food for thought.


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 Post subject: Re: Hidden Aircraft exist in real life..or at least they used to
PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 7:15 pm 
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No way! Is this real?

That's pretty cool!


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 Post subject: Re: Hidden Aircraft exist in real life..or at least they used to
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:17 am 

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Calvin wrote:
No way! Is this real?

That's pretty cool!


Yep. This link has some more pictures and information on minesweeping aircraft.

http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/aviation/minesweeping-aircraft-29707.html


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