Boeing Completes First Flight of Loyal Wingman and Says it Will Use the Pilotless Jet as Basis for Skyborg Written 2 March 2021


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Reuters reports that The Boeing Company “will use a pilotless, fighter-like jet developed in Australia as the basis for its U.S. Air Force Skyborg prototype, an executive at the plane maker said on Tuesday.” The company conducted its first flight of the “Loyal Wingman” on Saturday, with a Boeing test pilot monitoring “from a ground control station in South Australia.” The Australian government “said on Tuesday it would invest a further A$115 million ($89 million) to acquire three more Loyal Wingman aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to develop tactics for using the jets with crewed planes, on top of its initial investment of A$40 million.”
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