X-47B’s ‘gear up’ shot

In a first for the Naval demonstrator programme, the X-47B UCAV flew with its gear up in cruise configuration on 30 September in a flight from Edwards AFB. Next step for Northrop Grumman is to transfer the aircraft to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland prior to shore-based carrier suitability tests in 2012. At some future point it will then attempt to land on an aircraft carrier.


Credit: Northrop Grumman


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