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Inventing the invisible airplane

from Air & Space Magazine

In her 1917 patent application, Mary "Mitty" Taylor Brush claimed that with her invention she was "able to produce a machine which is practically invisible when in the air." Mitty and her husband, renowned artist George de Forest Brush, believed they could use ideas developed in paintings to create camouflage for aircraft. George first developed a skill for these techniques from his friend Abbott Thayer, a painter who had tried to get the U.S. Navy to adopt his ideas for concealing ships during the Spanish-American War. more

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