Sunday, December 02, 2012

Drone makes first carrier-style catapult takeoff

Footage from of an X-47 drone making a carrier-style launch at a test facility.

It continues to astound me that the Navy is at the forefront of development work on unmanned air-to-air combat systems, while the Air Force remains nowhere to be seen. While there aren't any drone aces in anyone's immediate future, it's only a matter of time until these aircraft outperform human pilots -- not only in loiter time, but in the grueling, high-g realm of turn-and-burn that is air combat maneuvering. 

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