First East Coast Flight of X-47B Autonomous Unmanned Aircraft

Photo: X47B – The U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman-developed X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System made its debut flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., on Sunday, July 29. SOURCE

from Space War

by Staff Writers
Patuxent River MD (SPX) Aug 01, 2012

The Northrop Grumman-built X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator has successfully completed its historic first flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent (Pax) River. The 36-minute flight – the first for the tailless, strike-fighter-sized aircraft since it was transported to the Navy base in June from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. – was successfully completed on July 29 at 11:36 a.m. Eastern time.

It marks the first time a tactical unmanned aircraft has been fully integrated into the air traffic patterns and the command and control structure of the Pax River flight test complex. . . . Read Complete Report

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