Saturday, February 5, 2011

Northrop's X-47B Robotic Jet Is Spotted At Edwards Air Foce Base

Photos, from top: The X-47B takes flight at Edwards Air Force Base on Friday; the X-47B airborne above the California desert. Credit: Northrop Grumman Corp.

Northrop's X-47B Robotic Jet Makes First Flight From Edwards Air Force Base -- L.A. Times

A bat-winged robotic jet resembling a miniature B-2 stealth bomber flew for the first time at Edwards Air Force Base in a test flight that could mark a new age in naval aviation.

Century City-based Northrop Grumman Corp.’s experimental drone, dubbed X-47B, climbed to 5,000 feet in a 29-minute flight on Friday, the U.S. Navy said in a statement.

The X-47B is being developed to take off from an aircraft carrier, drop a bomb on an enemy target and then land back on a carrier, all without a pilot.

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My Comment: That is quite a sight to see.

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