Not invisible, though maybe you can see through it!

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2007/11/11 10:16 -05:00, original URI:

I can always rely on a mail from Simon Daniels meaning one of two things:

Pretty funny in light of this post, if you ask me. Though on the other hand you probably didn't. :-)


Everyone involved with Unicode probably has some favorite character that that they want to be encoded.

As I have pointed out before (in both Every character has a story #11: U+???? (The Invisible Letter) and Snakes on an Invisible Plane), our general manger Julie Bennett has as her "I wish it could be encoded" character Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet, to go alongside the AIRPLANE that is already there.

So Simon pointed out to me (from over on Engadget) New helmet allows fighter pilots to peer through the jet, which although not an invisible jet, allows the pilot to see right through their jet.

A valuable first step!


This post brought to you by (U+2708, a.k.a. AIRPLANE)

Gene on 12 Nov 2007 11:19 AM:

Considering that in 80% of air-to-air kills, the target never saw their attacker, this should really help. (source: Shaw's Navy textbook "fighter combat")

Most of the WW-II aces had excellent eyesight. Chuck Yeager mentions in his autobiography that he'd spot aircraft long before any of his wingmates.

I wonder if it has filters to deal with "they came out of the sun"?  I would assume so, but you never assume with the defense industry. And does it superimpose radar and other imagery?

And WTF is up with the super high creepy factor?

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