RockyRacoon From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1007 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1920 times:
I heard that the Russians did or are developing a new form of stealth technology that relies on the use of plasma rather than structural design. Thus, the could turn exsisting non stealth planes into stealth planes. Does anyone have any information on this topic? Or is this just a mere rumor. Sounds interesting none the less. I couldn't find anything on the search, so I'm guessing this may just be a rumor.
Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1855 times:
The only story that I have heard about a plasma airplane is about the attempted development of a SR-71 replacement.
The airplane was to be unmanned with a cruising speed of about Mach 5. To keep the airframe from being overtemp'd, a high electrical potential (I've heard 15,000 volts) was to be induced into the airframe. This high voltage was supposed to cause a layer of gaseous plasma to be formed around the airframe and provide cooling.
It's anyone's guess if this story has any credence.