27 Sep 2013

Handout image provided by aerospace giant Boeing, shows the QF-16, which is a retired F-16 jet modified to be an aerial target, during a test flight near Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. Boeing and the US Air Force have completed the first unmanned QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target flight, demonstrating the next generation of combat training and testing. Two US 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.

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