That first picture looks awesome! Looks like one big bad killing machine! Or even UFO like
The US Navy just announced that it has successfully integrated unmanned and manned carrier…
Originally, the X-47B was not going to be funded for a aerial refueling demonstration, but money was apparently applied to this highly relevant test set which will last through the weekend, depending on weather. The goal is to not just have the X-47B make prolonged contact with the tanker, but actually complete a full aerial refueling as well.
This aerial refueling demonstration is also slated to be the final test of the historic X-47B, although, considering that the Navy's Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program keeps getting pushed back, it could be wise to keep the X-47B in service for future tests. As of now, both X-47Bs will be donated to museums even though only 20% of their flight hours have been used up.
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Aerial tankers can fuel up hungry jets, turboprops and even helicopters equipped with a refueling…
The first aerial refueling of an unmanned aircraft (
It is one of the coolest jobs in the entire U.S. military, "Booms" as they are…