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    Now that it's successfully landed and taken off from a carrier, and demonstrated autonomous aerial refueling guess what they're doing with it next. That's right- sticking them in a museum.

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    150422-N-CE233-377 PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (April 22, 2015) The Navy's unmanned X-47B receives fuel from an Omega K-707 tanker while operating in the Atlantic Test Ranges over the Chesapeake Bay. This test marked the first time an unmanned aircraft refueled in flight. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)



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    Quote Originally Posted by C.Puffs View Post
    Now that it's successfully landed and taken off from a carrier, and demonstrated autonomous aerial refueling guess what they're doing with it next. That's right- sticking them in a museum.
    C'mon now.. the X-47B is an experimental and demonstration aircraft. It was never intended to go into full production. You know that..HOWEVER it does seem to be a waste...

    X-47B Northrup - Grumman

    Foundation for the Future

    The X-47B UCAS is designed to help the Navy explore the future of unmanned carrier aviation. The successful flight test program is setting the stage for the development of a more permanent, carrier-based fleet of unmanned aircraft.
    Hey in case you fellows forgot there are some great pictures of the X-47B here at mp.net.

    USN X-47B is aboard the USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75)

    X-47B Operates Aboard Theodore Roosevelt

    First cat launch X-47B

    Navy Plans to Launch Carrier UAV Next Tuesday (Tomorrow)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bd popeye View Post
    C'mon now.. the X-47B is an experimental and demonstration aircraft. It was never intended to go into full production. You know that..HOWEVER it does seem to be a waste...
    Think of it as the X-35B to the F-35B. Except they're quitting. They could be using those to to learn all kinds of things (that they will inevitably have to learn anyway if they ever want to operate UCAVs off carriers).

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    Well, have problems waiting, what end stuff is going operational..

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