September 28, 2013
Drone Fighter Jet Makes Debut Flight
Boeing revealed that it has retrofitted retired fighter jets to turn them into drones. They tested an F-16 jet that had been collecting Arizona dust for the last 15 years. The jet flew unmanned from Florida to the Gulf of Mexico, controlled from the ground by two US Air Force pilots. It performed a series of maneuvers including one commonly used in combat to evade attack. They said the unmanned plane could carry out maneuvers at speeds that would be problematic for a pilot. Boeing said the flight test and landing went beautifully and next up is live fire testing at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
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