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The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: DP
Date: April 23, 2015 05:49PM


The Navy’s unmanned combat air vehicle demonstrator, the X-47B, not only plugged into a refueling basket trailing behind an Omega KC-707 tanker, but it also sipped gas from it for the first time. This historic mission is slated to be the X-47Bs last in what has been an incredibly successful test program with huge implications.

[foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com]
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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 23, 2015 06:19PM
How about turning the A-10 into a drone? smiley-signs117
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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: Manlove
Date: April 23, 2015 06:21PM
Have you not seen the film where the drone pilot goes to work in a shipping container and is home in time for tea?

What can this plane do that a drone can't for fractions of the cost?

Or are we just going to keep pouring billions into unmanned air wars (assuming the purpose of this jet is to fight other jets)?

Which raises the question: why?
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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: DP
Date: April 23, 2015 06:25PM
This will carry more weapons for taking on multiple targets. It will also fly faster than standard drones. But without a human on board it's performance envelope will increase exponentially. And a whole lot of money will be saved in pilot training costs.
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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 23, 2015 06:26PM
"seen the film"? I know several. And at least 2 love Faygo, not tea.

I also know a JTAC, a SWCC and a SEAL. The last 2 are shooting coaches to me. smiley_gun_sniper All 3 prefer there be a human up top, watching over them. But a drone will do, in a pinch.
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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: hal
Date: April 23, 2015 07:12PM
The good news is that there will never be a remake of Top Gun!
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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 23, 2015 07:14PM
Too late! Top Gun 2 already in production. Tom Cruise is an instructor now.

BURN!



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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: April 23, 2015 07:30PM
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hal
The good news is that there will never be a remake of Top Gun!

Hey, I liked "Top Gun"! smiley_gun_sniper

So will the dog fights of the future be run by video-game wizards sitting at consoles, or will the drone-fighters be completely automated, relying on artificial intelligence (i.e. programming)?

I am reminded of a SF story in an old Galaxy SF Magazine, written by Philip K. Dick I think, where in a future postwar world no one dared venture outside for fear of attack by automated aircraft. . .

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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 23, 2015 07:44PM
This has been old news since the last manned fighter contract was awarded. We can make aircraft that can far outpace the ability of the human body to survive.
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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: bruceko
Date: April 23, 2015 08:02PM
Looks to me like the refueling arm is not retractable. Typical military.
" see we can refuel this. We actually would never fly it cofigured like that but we can reful it"
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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 23, 2015 08:09PM
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bruceko
Looks to me like the refueling arm is not retractable. Typical military.
" see we can refuel this. We actually would never fly it cofigured like that but we can reful it"

If its just testing, then probably a stationary arm, or even a non functioning one. The hookup and pump part has been perfected...





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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: max
Date: April 23, 2015 09:51PM
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hal
The good news is that there will never be a remake of Top Gun!

There is an entire series.

It is called Terminator.....
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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 24, 2015 01:49AM
Hey, I liked "Top Gun"!

Same here, and I'm looking forward to the sequel.

The special effects should be much better. I hope they get the dogfight sequences correct this time.






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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: MGS_forgot_password
Date: April 24, 2015 09:26AM
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mrlynn
I am reminded of a SF story in an old Galaxy SF Magazine, written by Philip K. Dick I think, where in a future postwar world no one dared venture outside for fear of attack by automated aircraft. . .

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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: April 24, 2015 09:55AM
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MGS_forgot_password
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mrlynn
I am reminded of a SF story in an old Galaxy SF Magazine, written by Philip K. Dick I think, where in a future postwar world no one dared venture outside for fear of attack by automated aircraft. . .

Second Variety

I'm sure it wasn't in Space Science Fiction, but rather Galaxy (I subscribed to Galaxy). Might still have it in a box in the attic, but no time to go looking now.

/Mr Lynn
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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 24, 2015 03:35PM
Maybe I'm missing something...not about the drone, but the tanker. Why is there a privately owned aerial tanker?

That's a huge investment for a seldom needed aircraft. Why not just lease it from the USAF?



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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: JoeH
Date: April 24, 2015 04:27PM
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Ombligo
Maybe I'm missing something...not about the drone, but the tanker. Why is there a privately owned aerial tanker?

That's a huge investment for a seldom needed aircraft. Why not just lease it from the USAF?

Part of the privatization of support services for the military since about 15 years ago. They have been under contract with the USN since 2001.

[en.wikipedia.org]
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Re: The beginning of the end of the fighter pilot...
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 25, 2015 01:50PM
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JoeH
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Ombligo
Maybe I'm missing something...not about the drone, but the tanker. Why is there a privately owned aerial tanker?

That's a huge investment for a seldom needed aircraft. Why not just lease it from the USAF?

Part of the privatization of support services for the military since about 15 years ago. They have been under contract with the USN since 2001.

[en.wikipedia.org]

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