Update: Um, oops. A Boeing spokesman tells me both pictures below show the exact same aircraft. The picture Boeing released last year was obviously distorted. So the wingspan, fuselage length and chord of the aircraft in both photos are identical, Boeing says. If you’re wondering why Boeing decided to stage a second roll-out for the same aircraft, well, me too!
Boeing called the Phantom Ray an extension of the X-45C, but now it’s clear the difference between the two aircraft is dramatic. See X-45C photo below.
The Phantom Ray makes the X-45C look almost puny by comparison, although the latter represented the original vision of DARPA’s joint unmanned combat air systems (JUCAS) program before it was canceled.
Phantom ray specifications:
36 ft (10.9 m)
50 ft (15.2 m)
36,500 lb (16,556 kg)
40,000 ft (12,192 m)
0.8 (614 mph-988 km/h)
Read Boeing’s new feature article on Phantom Ray here.