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New Aircrewman Opportunities in a Changing Environment

By Rear Adm. Kenneth Whitesell Assistant Commander, Navy Personnel Command Unlike other Services which primarily equip people, our Navy must “man our equipment” — meaning we must continually work to find the right balance of skilled Sailors to operate improving technologies and platforms, especially when we introduce new ships, submarines, or …

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Sharing Airspace with X-47B

Lt. Cmdr. Brian "Dumpy" Hall

By Lt. Cmdr. Brian “Dumpy” Hall X-47B Government Flight Test Director Recently, I was asked to share my thoughts on the upcoming X-47B detachment aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) as we prepare to demonstrate limited integration of an unmanned system into the carrier air wing.  So here I sit …

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X-47B Completes First Night Flight

The unmanned X-47B conducts its first night flight April 10 over Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Night flights are the next incremental step in developing the operations concept for more routine UAS flight activity. The Navy will continue to execute X-47B test events to mature standard operating procedures for cooperative use of the airspace with manned aircraft.

You’ve seen the unmanned X-47B fly during the day. Now, see this modern and advanced autonomous aircraft fly at night. X-47B conducted its first night flight April 10 over Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.  Night flights are the next incremental step in developing the operations concept for more routine …

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