RAF Pilots To Get New Hardware, Stay On Target

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While America's military may have been the first to steal the term Star Wars for their own use, Britain's Royal Air Force are the first to design their hardware on Luke Skywalker's fashion sense:

Pilots flying the next generation of jet fighters will use futuristic, Star Wars-style helmets, the Ministry of Defence has revealed.

The headgear being developed for the new, American-built F35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will display navigation and targeting information on the inside of the pilot's visor... The advanced helmet mounted display is reminiscent of systems used by Luke Skywalker and pilots of enemy imperial TIE fighters in the first Star Wars film Episode IV: A New Hope, released in 1977.


The real question is, of course, which is nerdier: The men who designed the helmets in the first place, or the reporter who couldn't just call the movie Star Wars like the rest of us? Flickr image by Joelf.

RAF to get Star Wars-style helmets [Daily Telegraph]

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