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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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Inside the U.S. Navy’s MH370 Search

Lt. j.g. Kyle Atakturk, left, and Lt. j.g. Nicholas Horton, naval aviators assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, pilot a P-8A Poseidon during a mission to assist in search and rescue operations for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, March 19, 2014. VP-16 is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor/Released)

The U.S. Navy has been using multiple platforms – both ships and advanced aircraft – to search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Below are two frequently asked questions and their answers from our pilots about the Navy’s search. Navy Live: I heard the weather is getting bad. How do …

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