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  • Phantom Ray First Flight Video
    Posted by Guy Norris 8:59 PM on May 06, 2011

    Boeing has released images and video of the April 27 first flight of the Phantom Ray unmanned air vehicle at Edwards AFB, Calif. The sharply swept delta-shaped aircraft, originally in development as the X-45C for the abandoned DARPA/US Navy Joint-Unmanned Combat Air System requirement, was completed as the Phantom Ray under the Boeing Phantom Works rapid prototyping initiative. Boeing says it expects to conduct additional flights of the Phantom Ray in the coming weeks.


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    The 17-minute flight began at 9.05 am Pacific time and saw the General Electric F404-powered aircraft climb to 7,500 ft. Compared to the more sedate maneuvering demonstrated by Northrop Grumman’s X-47B during its first flight, the 50-ft span Phantom Ray was seen making relatively aggressive turns.

    Tags: ar99, Boeing, Phantom Ray, X-45C, Edwards, unmanned

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