Recent advances in high sensitivity moire interferometry are described. In-plane displacement fields are shown for very challenging problem areas: adhesive joints in tension and in bending, flexure of quasi-isotropic composite laminates, and fatigue cracks in aluminum. Reference gratings with 2400 lines/mm (60,960 //in.) were used, providing a sensitivity of 0.417 Am/fringe order (16.4 Ain./fringe order). Excellent fringe contrast was obtained in all cases, even for gradients of 64 fringes/mm (1600 fringes/in.). A four-beam optical system to produce two orthogonal virtual reference gratings was employed. The question of unknown relative displacements in two-body problems was answered by use of a soft bridge between the bodies to provide a continuous path for the fringe count.