HURRAY! 'Liberals' Rejoice! USAF recycles! Aging F-16's turned into UnManned Drones - Sep. 26, 2013Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 05:51
The US air force and Boeing test an unmanned flight of a retired F-16 fighter plane. Two test pilots at a ground-control station at Tyndall air base in Florida remotely fly a modified F-16 (QF-16) conducting a series of simulated manoeuvres, reaching supersonic speeds, then returning to base and landing, all without a pilot in the cockpit. Download .mp4 Video
AFP | September 26, 2013 10:20AM
The drone QF-16 makes its first test flight without a pilot on board over the Gulf of Mexico, Sept. 19, 2013.
A retired F-16 jet modified to be an aerial target, has completed an unmanned test flight near Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, Boeing and the US Air Force say. Source: AFP
The US Air Force has test flown an F-16 fighter jet without a pilot on board for the first time, in the latest sign of the military's increasing reliance on drones.
The robotic F-16 flew for 55 minutes with an empty cockpit from a base in Florida last week, as part of a program that will see the converted fighter jet used as a target for pilots in training, manufacturer Boeing said.
"It was really amazing to see an F-16 take off with nobody in it," said Michelle Shelhamer from Boeing, which has adapted the plane for the US military.
The aircraft is one of six "retired" F-16 jets that will be used as aerial targets for fighter pilots training for air-to-air combat, she said.