AVIATION HISTORY IN THE MAKING -- An F-5E aircraft with a modified forward section takes off Aug. 27, 2003, on a test flight that demonstrated for the first time that changing a supersonic aircraft's shape can reduce the intensity of the sonic boom it produces. A team led by Northrop Grumman Corporation, DARPA and NASA made aviation history by demonstrating this technology, which could usher in a new era of supersonic flight.
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