Saturday, October 26, 2013

Remote Controlled F-16 - No Pilot in the Cockpit

QF-16 Click for the Video


Boeing QF-16 Aerial Target Completes First Pilotless Flightby Staff WritersTyndall AFB FL (SPX) Sep 27, 2013

Boeing has modified six F-16s into the QF-16 configuration.
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force have completed the first unmanned QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target flight, demonstrating the next generation of combat training and testing.

Two U.S. Air Force test pilots in a ground control station remotely flew the QF-16, which is a retired F-16 jet modified to be an aerial target. The QF-16 mission profile included auto takeoff, a series of simulated maneuvers, supersonic flight, and an auto land, all without a pilot in the cockpit.

"It was a little different to see an F-16 take off without anyone in it, but it was a great flight all the way around," said Lt. Col. Ryan Inman, Commander, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron.

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