Photos: Laser weapons take to the air Summary: Military researchers are studying ways to mount laser weapons on aircraft, primarily to destroy ballistic missiles. Here, a modified Boeing 747-400 freighter undergoes flight testing. By Bill Detwiler | July 20, 2006 -- 16:01 GMT (09:01 PDT) Follow @billdetwiler Previous | Next Image 9 of 9 Photos: Laser weapons take to the air Three green lasers being fired from the Starfire Optical Range. Topic: Travel Tech Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.