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Arrival of four F-35As at Edwards Nellis Air Force Bases marks the elevation of the new aircraft flight testing from developmental to operational testing of the new aircraft. "What we do here over the next few years will absolutely play a large part in determining the jet's effectiveness in real-world operations for the next 30 to 40 years" Lt. Col. Steven J. Tittel, the 31st TES commander said.
Boeing conducted the first flight of the remotely piloted X-48C experimental Blended Wing Body (BWB) unmanned aircraft yesterday at the NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The flight lasted 9 minutes and the aircraft climbed to an altitude of 5,500 feet before landing back on the dray lakebed.
While the first production F-35s are taking off it becomes clear that the first U.S. Air Force unit 'initial operational capability' will not be achieved before 2018, to be followed by foreign air forces even later.
Boeing made Phantom Ray unmanned airborne system (UAS) successfully completed its first flight April 27 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. "Autonomous, fighter-sized unmanned aircraft are real" Program manager comments.
The Phantom Ray unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) is a fighter-sized technology demonstrator designed as a flying test bed for advanced technologies. Under the Phantom Ray technology demonstration program...