X-47B Future USN UACS Flies!!... video..

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    [video=youtube;5Oe7j85lOII]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Oe7j85lOII&feature=player_embedded[/video]

    The X-47B is a reality. Flight testing has started at Edwards AFB CA. The aircraft is slated to start Carrier testing in 2013.

    Northrop test flies X-47B for first time (Video) - SignOnSanDiego.com

     
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    A couple of Hi-res photos of the X47B in flight. For Hi-res just click on the pic. Then click again once you arrive at DT.com. Simple! Enjoy!!

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    Cool plane! Is this the next naval attack plane?
     
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    The only funding allocated for the aircraft is for R & D and demonstration aircraft... that was in 2007. If it ever goes into full production I assume it will be a shipborne fighter/attack aircraft..

    X-47B UCAS

     
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    Not much response. So much for transparency.

    If this were a Chinese aircraft we'd have about 40 pages of all sorts of responses..

    Oh well..
     
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    Neat. Looks like a baby B-2. Kinda hard to see it taking off and landing on a carrier though.
     
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    Why not? it's no bigger than a hornet. Shorter in fact..

    F-18 Wingspan 45ft
    Length 60ft

    I think I saw some video on of the aircraft on an CVN.. some sort of rendering of course.

    [video=youtube;lzlFiLuvGeE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzlFiLuvGeE&feature=fvwkrel[/video]
     
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    I defer to you on this matter of course but my concern was with the aircraft's short length/flying wing design(my gut tells me that something long and conventional would is best for arrested landing) and how remote guidance is going to work with the challenges of a carrier landing.
     
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    They plan on its use as an attack aircraft. It is stealthy, but in a contested environment would need manned fighter support for defense.

    Payload will be JDAMs and such munitions.

    Here's a page I have on it: (where I will now add this link to the video and the two high-res inflifght pics)

    X47-B UCAV ready for Testing for US Navy

    That US Fan art video was very well done. Of course when you have the manufacturer doing the fan art, it can be kinda nice...hehehe.
     
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    Thanks Jeff. Of course I found that video on youtube. I'm not crazy about youtube. Many of the comments on the videos are vulgar and ignorant. Never-the-less you can find what you are looking for there.
     
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