The X-47B’s first aerial refueling check may also be its final
The Navy’s X-47B fight UAV demonstrator efficiently paired with an an Omega Air KC-707 airtanker earlier this week. This marks the primary time in aviation historical past for a UAV to exhibit aerial refueling capabilities. Sadly, these exams additionally doubtless mark the top of the X-47B program. Regardless of solely finishing 20 % of its potential flight hours, each of the Navy’s X-47Bs are destined for museums. Nonetheless, the applied sciences that they’ve demonstrated — together with these historic autonomous service landings in 2013 — will make their approach into future unmanned fight aerial automobiles as a part of the Navy’s Unmanned Service-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program.