PHOTO: F-35A haunts Phantom Ray 1st flight

Boeing has released some very cool photos of the first flight of the Phantom Ray today, but none cooler than this one. A Lockheed Martin F-35A lurks in the background on the ramp at Edwards AFB, Calif.. The air force’s present (manned fighters) meets perhaps its future (unmanned combat air vehicles).

[P.S.: All photo caption ideas welcome!]

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13 Responses to PHOTO: F-35A haunts Phantom Ray 1st flight

  1. Joe 3 May, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    My URL is just to stop spammers.

    Caption idea: “The future of Air Interdiction leapfrongs the present.”

  2. sferrin 4 May, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    “Someone get that toy outta my way.”

  3. TL 4 May, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    Phantom Ray doesn’t hover into the future.

  4. RobH 4 May, 2011 at 2:26 am #

    How about “Whoa, that one had a monkey in the front…”

  5. MrSatyre 4 May, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    How about: “Sayonara, sucka!”

  6. Lightndattic 4 May, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    [Elmer Fudd]Be vewy, vewy quiet. I’m hunting phantom ways.[/Elmer Fudd]

  7. Reuben 4 May, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    Has anyone pointed out yet that the presumable USAF bound Phantom Ray uses the F404 (one of the USN’s standard engines), while the USN’s X-47B uses the F100 (USAF’s).

    If there was anyway to switch these around the supply folks would probably greatly appreciate it.

  8. Weaponhead 4 May, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    In a Darth Vader voice: “Go ahead and fly, I will devour all funding…”

  9. sferrin 4 May, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    “Anybody sees me and I’m toast.”

  10. planespotter 4 May, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    “Oh yeah? Are they building a STOVL version of you, sucka? Oh, wait…”

  11. Drop Bear 4 May, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    Phantom Ray – “hmmm the force is weak in this one! lack of stealth I detect, turn to the dark side of active jamming yes it will”.

  12. Usgov 5 May, 2011 at 2:29 am #

    You don’t call a boy to do a mans job.

  13. Awggie 5 May, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    “The viper jock could only look on as the first prototype cylon raider took to the skies”

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