Sailors Discuss Historic Launch of Unmanned X-47B

While the launch of the first unmanned aircraft from a carrier made U.S. Navy history, our Sailors were still very much involved.

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), May 14, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tony D. Curtis/Released)

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator launches from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), May 14, 2013. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tony D. Curtis/Released)

 

What was it like to be a part of X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator’s catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) on May 14? Find out from some of the Sailors who were a part of this historic launch.

What do they think about the future of unmanned aircraft?

Just days after its historic launch from the aircraft carrier, the X-47B successfully completed the first unmanned touch and go landing aboard USS George H.W. Bush on May 17.

In the coming months, the X-47B team will conduct additional shore-based testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River – where the X-47B landed following its 65-minute flight on May 14 – before its final carrier-based arrested landing demonstration later this summer.

What do you think about the future of unmanned aircraft in the Navy? Let us know by commenting below.