An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator is loaded onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) (Photo: US. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tony D. Curtis)
USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) (Photo: US Navy)
X-47B flies over the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) (Photo: US Navy courtesy of Northrop Grumman by Alan Radecki)
Naval aviation history was made today, as an autonomous unmanned aircraft took off from a US Navy nuclear aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Virginia. The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) took to the air from the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) and is part of a program to develop carrier-based unmanned combat aircraft capable of carrying out missions according to pre-programmed instructions rather than being under constant control by a ground-based pilot.
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