Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Navy Drone XB-47B: First Unmanned Craft To Take Off From Aircraft Carrier | VIDEO

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Navy X-47B

By Nidhi Subbaraman
NBC News

     The U.S. Navy's X-47B drone has become the first unmanned craft to complete a catapult launch from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Today's demonstration took place on the USS George H.W. Bush, off the coast of Virginia.

After a flight of an hour and five minutes, the drone touched down at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland.

This drone didn't land on the carrier, nor has any, to date. A similar X-47B completed a carrier-style landing at Patuxent River earlier this month, catching a length of heavy cabling on the tarmac and coming to a short stop after touchdown, as it might on a ship deck.

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