AFRL Century Series – Chapter 2: SENSE

At the beginning of the aviation age, the airplane had one mission, staying in the air. As the speed and altitude of planes increased, they quickly outpace the pilot’s ability to react to the ever-increasing sensory load. From the early instrumentation of the Wright Brothers, to the fused sensor picture of the latest fifth generation fleet, AFRL’s research excellence has extended what the pilot can feel, hear, and see.

The Century Series celebrates the Air Force Research Laboratory and its predecessor laboratories’ first 100 years as a leader in the development of advanced aerospace science and technology.