A History Of Stealth (PHOTOS)

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This week an invisibility cloak tank was the star of an international arms and technology show in London. Invisibility and stealth is not a new idea, we've been trying to conceal weapons of war ever since they were first invented. In WWI dazzle paint was our best effort - crazed geometric patterns that confused the enemy's range finders. We've seen the bat-like stealth bomber, and now Sea Shepherd have their own stealth whale hunter tracking ship. Each has their challenges, not least that there is more than one way to detect a military vehicle. It's high time a simple Potter-style invisibility cloak was invented. It worked for Harry, surely it can work for the military.

Argus At Rosyth
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November 1918: Airmen and seamen cheer King George V from the aircraft carrier 'Argus' on his visit to the Fleet at Rosyth, on the Firth of Forth. The carrier is painted in 'dazzle' camouflage. Dazzle camouflage was designed by Norman Wilkinson to confuse enemy ships. Designed not so much to hide vessels, the camouflage was intended to make it difficult to pinpoint the direction in which a ship was travelling.
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