30 Jul '12, 2am

7月29日、パタクセントリバー海軍航空基地で、米海軍によるX-47B無人航空機の初飛行が行なわれました。チェサピーク湾上空での35分間の飛行のために飛び立つX-47B→

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (NNS) -- The Navy made Pax River history July 29 after it conducted the naval air station's historic first flight of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator. At 11 a.m., the tailless, unmanned aircraft launched from Pax River and flew for a planned 35 minutes. The aircraft reached an altitude of 7,500 feet and an air speed of 180 knots during its flight over the Chesapeake Bay before successfully landing back at Pax River. "This milestone event is the first of many flights at Pax River to demonstrate X-47B's compatibility with aircraft carrier flight procedures and launch/recovery equipment," said Matt Funk, UCAS lead test engineer. "The unique airspace and ship equipment at Pax River allow us to conduct the testing here before we land aboard the aircraft carrier next year." The X-47B traveled from Edwards Air Force base, Calif., to Pax...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=68677

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