US Navy's X-47B UCAS Aircraft


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Thanks for the like gents:).. the USN has outstanding photos everyday!

More pics of the X-47B just popped up on navy.mil..

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The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is the first aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. Harry S. Truman is underway supporting carrier qualifications. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corp. by Alan Radecki (Released) 121209-N-ZZ999-004
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 9, 2012) The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is the first aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. Harry S. Truman is underway supporting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corp. by Alan Radecki/ Released)
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 9, 2012) The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Harry S. Truman is the first aircraft carrier to host test operations for an unmanned aircraft. Harry S. Truman is underway supporting carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristina Young/Released)
 

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First Video of the X-47B on the HST..no cat shots or traps as of yet.

[video=youtube;ht8tMz2xIX0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht8tMz2xIX0[/video]
 

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First Video of the X-47B on the HST..no cat shots or traps as of yet.
Soon, soon...they will launch and recover and that will be a charge!

We will look back on this in a few years as simply routine...but it is exciting right now.
 

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Another video..

[video=youtube;bdY-V0uqaHQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bdY-V0uqaHQ[/video]
 

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Another video..

[video=youtube;bdY-V0uqaHQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bdY-V0uqaHQ[/video]
That is outstanding stuff right there.

The controller is acting as the pilot and responding with the controller on his wrist to the deck hand directing the aircraft movement there on deck.

Gotta love it!
 

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More photos.. I must wonder why the wings are not folded? Perhaps this aircraft has wings that do not fold.

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I wonder if my shipmate Wicked_Hind is in this photo?
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 13, 2012) An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is transported on an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman by Alan Radecki/Released)
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 13, 2012) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and personnel from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program integrated test team maintain an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft aboard Harry S. Truman. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman by Alan Radecki/Released)
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 11, 2012) An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is transported on an aircraft elevator aboard the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman by Alan Radecki/Released)
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 11, 2012) An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft is secured aboard the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman by Alan Radecki/Released)
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 7, 2012) Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and personnel from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program integrated test team prepare an X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft for testing aboard Harry S. Truman. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman by Alan Radecki/Released)
 

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More photos.. I must wonder why the wings are not folded? Perhaps this aircraft has wings that do not fold.
I don't know Popeye. That can't be the only prototype, is it? I can still see the crevices of the where the folding wings are located.
 

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