From: Michael M. Hughes <michaelmhughes.nul> Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2011 17:09:56 -0400 Archived: Wed, 12 Oct 2011 08:25:55 -0400 Subject: Navy's 'UFO-Like' Stealth Drone You really need to check out the photo: ----- Source: Fox News.Com http://tinyurl.com/6gc3dod October 11, 2011 US Navy's 'UFO-Like' Stealth Drone Takes Flight The U.S. Navy reached a new milestone for a futuristic new stealth drone when it successfully retracted its landing gear and flew in cruise configuration for the first time, engineers announced Tuesday. Developed by Northrop Grumman, the X-47B is a tailless, strike fighter-sized unmanned aircraft designed to take off from and land on moving aircraft carriers at sea. New images released today depict a futuristic, almost UFO-like vehicle. The test flight, conducted at Edwards Air Force Base, helped validate hardware and software that would enable the X-47B to land with precision on a moving deck, the company said. "Last week's flight gave us our first clean look at the aerodynamic cruise performance of the X-47B air system =85 and it is proving out all of our predictions," said Janis Pamiljans, vice president and Navy UCAS (Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier) program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems division. "Reaching this critical test point demonstrates the growing maturity of the air system, and its readiness to move to the next phase of flight testing." The aircraft is part of the U.S. Navy=92s growing fleet of drones as the military looks to shift away from manned aircraft. Northrop Grumman hopes to have successfully demonstrated the first carrier-based launch by 2013 with autonomous in-air refueling coming one year later. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Michael M. Hughes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - http://michaelmhughes.com http://www.facebook.com/michaelmhughes http://twitter.com/michaelmhughes Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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