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On Oct. 18, 2002, Boeing uncloaked its secret Bird of Prey during a rollout ceremony at the company's facility in St. Louis. Named for a spaceship in the science fiction television series Star Trek, this technology demonstrator pioneered revolutionary advances in low-observable (stealth) features, tailless aircraft design, and rapid prototyping techniques.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nickolas Alarcon, a loadmaster assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, observes a drop zone from the rear of a C-130 Hercules aircraft after deploying a light payload above Yokota Air Base, Japan, during a readiness week Feb. 21, 2013. (DoD photo by Osakabe Yasuo, U.S. Air Force/Released)130221-F-PM645-390 by U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos, via Flickr