18 August 2014
The Newport News (VA) Daily Press reported that on Sunday, the Navy launched, flew and landed the X-47B, a prototype unmanned aircraft, alongside an F/A-18 Hornet. The test took place aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Rear Adm. Mat Winter, head of the Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons, said this test was “history in the making.” Over the next 10 days, the Navy plans to undertake a total of six test flights. These tests bring unmanned flight a step closer to becoming part of the Navy’s arsenal, but that is expected to take years of additional work. Winter stressed, “It’s not an unmanned over all others. ... It’s a blending of unmanned and manned capabilities, and that will be the naval aviation strategy as we move into the future.” (Image Credit: Wikipedia/U.S. Navy)
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