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Old 04-02-2014, 06:39 PM   #1
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Subject: THE X-47B...
4-5 minutes of incredible viewing -- when you get the chance.....
THE X-47B
Just 6 months ago ( July 10, 2013 ) the Navy successfully conducted take-offs and landings from a fairly new nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS George H.W. Bush, with a new stealth jet called the X-47B. This video is completely cleared by the U.S, Navy.

What is so different about this plane is the fact that it is a 'drone'. It is completely unmanned. Drones come in all sizes, and the X-47B is likely one of the larger ones.

What is so amazing about all this is that the enemy cannot detect a plane like this in the first place and, in the unlikely event they get lucky at shooting one down, there will be no human loss of life or captivity. As you view the flight deck crew signaling the plane, realize they are simply signaling the on-board cameras, who in turn are being manned by staff on the deck and inside the command intelligence center ( CIC ) on-board the ship.

X-47B UCAS Aviation History Under Way - YouTube
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:45 PM   #2
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Awesome !!
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:53 PM   #3
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OC, what a great video and you can see the crew's pride at being a part of this historical event.
i'm sending this to my godson who i turned into an aviation geek.

thanx.
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Pretty cool, OC. My son served on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and I had a chance to fly to Pearl Harbor and ride back to San Diego and up the coast to Everett, WA with him when they were coming back from deployment 5 years or so ago. While enroute from Hawaii to San Diego, the air wing put on several "shows" for us, take-offs and landings, fly-overs, etc. Then, a day out of San Diego, all the planes and helicopters took off and flew home, and the ship pulled into San Diego a day later to drop off all their gear. Got to say, it was impressive as hell.
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Looks like a miniature B-2 Bomber. Drones are the future in many aviation applications,both military and civil.

It's been said that the technology is now available for civil transport category airplanes to be flown without human flight crews aboard.
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My Grandson is on the George Bush. We visited him last October while in port at Norfolk and he took my DW and I on a tour of the ship. It is quite impressive.
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:36 PM   #7
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Thanks OC. There are several other great aviation videos to pick after this one. I sent this one to a good friend who's is a retired AF aircraft mechanic.
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