In Sickness And in Stealth

In Sickness And in Stealth

The radar-invisible Stealth warplanes can hide in the sky, thanks in part to special materials and chemical coatings that do not reflect radar pulses. But these materials make workers ill -- or so claim scores of employees at Lockheed's Burbank, Calif., plant, home of Stealth. In a lawsuit, the workers complain that a panoply of ailments -- rashes, aches and pains, nausea, memory loss -- is being caused by unknown toxic agents in Stealth materials. Lockheed vice president John Brizendine insists that "we have seen nothing to indicate the materials we work with . . . pose a health hazard, providing...

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