I'm not getting how the color several inches AWAY from the edge affects wave interaction AT the edge. Are you saying it's one piece of tape spanning right over the joint between one panel and the next, and the tape's just really wide?
SpudmanWP wrote:It's not tape and does not need to be reapplied whenever it's accessed.
This is one area where the LO on the F-35 is cheaper to maintain than the F-22.
You're right, not wrong. I assumed they covered the gaps between surfaces, but they are merely edge treatments.
Either way, same purpose. I read somewhere that having numerous rows of surface materials with varying conductivity causes surface waves to be diffused and reflected gradually (then they're hidden by noise, atmospheric attenuation) rather than causing a single large reflection at the trailing edges of the aircraft/surface.