Northrop Grumman En Route to Unmanned Fighter Jets, Aerial Refuelling

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The unmanned aircraft sector seems to be coming of age in the U.S. military: This year’s announcement of the tiny “Hummingbird,” a tailless flying machine capable of reconnaissance and espionage, is now being followed up by Northrop Grumman’s contract to build two X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System fighter crafts for the U.S. Navy.

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X-47B unmanned stealth bomber drones first flight

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Edwards Air Force Base was the site for the successful first flight of the X-47B unmanned stealth bomber. Yes, the stealth bomber is now operating without a human pilot. As scary as this sounds, the bomber didn’t have a payload, and it all ended well after nearly 30 minutes of 5,000 foot airobatical testing.

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