20030216ge6666.jpgU.S. military chiefs want their crews to get quicker and better at maintaining weapons systems. So they're turning to NASCAR for ideas, National Defense magazine says.Not only are NASCAR technologies making their way into military vehicles, but the pit stop is becoming a model for how to service equipment more efficiently.A case in point is a novel windshield coating used on NASCAR race cars that is now being applied to military helicopters.The Army has adopted pit-stop maintenance for a missile-defense launcher that is now in development. [They're doing the same thing with tanks, too.] The Navy, for its part, is designing the flight deck of its next-generation aircraft carrier, the CVN 21, so that aircraft can be refueled and loaded with bombs in pit stop areas, as opposed to having to move the aircraft around the deck.

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