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  • proleus
    Mar 30, 2002
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      --- In deathtoreligion@y..., bestonnet_00 <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > --- In deathtoreligion@y..., proleus <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > > LOL
      > >
      > > Personally, I think polished (mirror-like) silver would be the
      best
      > > color (assuming your surface coating absorbed radar, that way you
      > > would have a severe optical distortion while in the air making
      > > optical tracking difficult.
      >
      > That's going to be very easy to see.
      >
      > You want it to blend in, not stand out as a reflection in the sky
      > would.

      The undersurface of airforce one is mirror polished. The reason for
      doing so is that it reflects the blue tint of the sky downward. Close
      up, a mirror coated aircraft will be visible, but only as a distorted
      blob. At a distance, that distortion would be negligable. Combine the
      fact that the craft reflects the tint of the sky in all directions
      (sun reflection goes upward only so it isn't a factor as long as the
      craft flies high) and the fact that it absorbs incomming radar, and
      shields it's own thermal emissions, such a craft would be very hard
      to see indeed.

      FYI I am not refering to just mirror polished, I mean literally as
      reflecting as a mirror you would see on a wall.
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