A Boeing Co. KC-135 Stratotanker. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
Bloomberg: This Air Force General Wants a Cloaking Device for His Aerial Tankers
* ‘Star Trek’ technology wanted by general to protect his planes
* Pilot shortage also a top concern for Air Mobility chief
The U.S. Air Force’s military transport chief is tapping Silicon Valley, the defense industry and the Pentagon’s new innovation office in search of electronic cloaking technologies out of “Star Trek” to shrink the profiles of aerial tankers on enemy radar.
“I’ve got airplanes with big fat bodies and long wings,” General Carlton Everhart, head of the Air Mobility Command, said Tuesday in an interview at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York. “I’ve got first-generation tankers refueling fifth-gen fighters. The enemy doesn’t have to look for the fighter -- he just has to look for me.”
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WNU Editor: In any shooting war the aerial tanker fleet will be prime targets .... so I can understand why they want to be hidden and to be able to protect themselves.