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Jet fighter

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Konstantin Vladmiriov

on 28 April 2010

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Jet Fighters Since early 1940's, people had been developing jet fighters. These fighters are fast, sleek, with previously unheard of climb rate and sevice ceiling. This event did not succeed over night though, but rather through a tedious 70 years of trial and error. One thing that also improves alongs with the jet fighters, is their weaponry. The first generation aircraft includes all of the jets from 1940 to 1950. These planes include the first of the batch He 178, Me 163, Me 262, Mig 15, and F-86. The jet fighter of this era are armed with stard machinegun or auto cannon. Their engine are primitve jet powered engine. The best jet fighters of this era could achieve slightly over 1000 km/h and a service ceiling of just over 15000 m. The advent of generation two jet fighter means exceeding the limits by a long shot. The planes of this era includes Dassault Mirage, Mig 19, and F-105. The jets of this era experiments with delta wings and anti detection fuselage. The innovation of seeking missles were also developed, although the prototypes are relatively inaccurate. By 1960, the fighters could reach speed of 1400 km/h and a service ceiling of 17500 m. Not a big step above the generations one's best, but these minimal changes can be life-saving. The third generation jet fighter focuses on maneuverability and ground attack caability where the other jet fighters lacked. By the 1970's, guided missle are starting to have some success against machineguns, although the Vietnamese jungle often made the IR guided missle malfunction. Mig 21 and the Northrop M-5 were the main combatant in this arms race. Fighters have an average 1600 km/h and 19000 m of maximum service ceiling. The jet fighters of the fourth generation focuses on all aspects of what a good jet fighter would have. Mig 29, Sukhoi 27, Lockheed F-16, F/A-Hornet are just a few. New countries, such as China and India, also began their own variants of generation four aircraft. New technologies, such as infrared stealth are being implemented into the newer fighters. Fighters now achieve Mach 1-2 in their speed, but their service ceiling remains the same. Currently, the best jet fighters are produced as generation five fighters. Besides of combining speed, stealth, and other physical qualities of a good jet fighter, it also holds adavanced auto-pilot system. F/A-22 and the Mig 31 are some of the world's leading example of generatio five jet fighter. J-XX, Mitsubishi ATDX are also some of the jet aircraft that are expected by the end of 2020. The impact of jet fighters on human life is great. SInce the Manhattan Project, the developement of jet fighters had pushed humans towards the possibility of nuclear warfare closer than before. With the recognition of the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the public are now starting to panic at this bleak future.

With Soviet Union creating their hydrogen bomb, a variant of nuclear bomb, only more deadly, people started to make some lasting changes to minimize these damages. In Soviet Union, towns and cities are established far away to minimize the collateral damage of nuclear fallout. In America, bomb shelters were constructed, hoping for the almost minimal possibility that concrete blocks are going to stop both the explosion and the radiation. As the Cold War began to clear up, military agencies are still preparing for the worst, blockading their borders with missle shield and interceptors. Environmentally, the jet fighter done no more damages to the ozone layer than what a commercial flight could do. Their payloads, however, are another sotry. HE, napalm, nuclear, and other payloads had dealt severe enviromental damage in Vietnam, Germany, and Korea. The Vietnamese farmland, in particular, suffered heavy losses. During Operation Rolling Thunder, agent orange, purple, white, blue, pink, red, yellow were all used on seperate occasions to destroy crops to deny enemy of food. Although the war was over 30 years ago, crop deficiency as well as chemical poisoning still exists in some Vietnamese farmland today.
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