One hundred years ago, in World War I, the first weapons on military aircraft were guys riding behind the pilot, in open cockpits, with rifles or hand-dropped bombs. Soon after that, there were planes with gunners on swiveling turrets. Things have advanced a bit since then, to the point where the the U.S. military is preparing to use lasers as a defense against other aircraft - and we're back to turrets. And these turrets are currently being tested, by Lockheed, in the skies over Michigan.

If you've read this far, it's only because you are a military aircraft nerd like me. Thanks for reading - here's the whole story from Popular Science.


Banana Don and Stephanie McCoy amuse and thrill you every weekday morning from 5:30 – 10AM on the radio at 100.7 WITL.

Banana Don can be reached via email at and on Twitter at @WITLBananaDon and @WITLFM. Also, Facebook friend Banana Don and Stephanie at and