A JUMBO JET WITH ATTITUDE The Washington Times examines the Airborne Laser -- a modified 747 that shoots chemically-powered beams of ultrahot light. The Times touts the plane -- which has been in development since the Reagan years -- as an ideal anti-missile system to keep the North Korean arsenal in check. But it won't help much in the short term; the Airborne Laser won't be ready for full-fledged testing until 2004, at least.
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