X-47B touch and goes onboard USS George H W Bush

The Northrop Grumman X-47B unmanned combat air systemdemonstrator (UCAS-D) made its first touch and go onboard the aircraft carrierUSS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on 17 May.8748969406_8144f3feeb_b.jpg

“This landing, rubber hitting deck, is extremely fulfillingfor the team and is the culmination of years of relative navigationdevelopment,” says Don Blottenberger, UCAS-D Deputy Program manager. “Now, weare set to demonstrate the final pieces of the demonstration.”

 

The Navy says the UCAS-D program plans to conductshore-based arrested landings of the X-47B at NAS Patuxent River in the comingmonths before final carrier-based arrestments later in 2013.

 

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