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One of the most important jobs in any Air Force is delivering the ordnance, whatever that may be. These are the great planes that did, and still do, the job. From nuclear capable to simply dropping iron bombs, they have evolved much since the first bomb was tossed from a plane. The tactics have also changed from the first bomber, who must have been virtually unopposed to the bomber formations of WW II to the precision bombing of the Gulf War.

In the post war era, during the cold war the tendency was for the desired bomber to be very fast capable delivering the ordnance or of evading the enemy by use of speed and perhaps altitude. Modern bombers such as the Spirit, Stealth, and even the Lancer revert to the go low, slow, and enter undetected philosophy.

So close to invisibility are today's stealth aircraft, that even a bird dropping on the fuselage will notably increase the aircraft's radar signature.

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Wings Over The Pacific was updated November 14, 1998