X-47B USS Theodore Roosevelt Testing
X-47B in flight after first-ever catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush in May 2013.

Unmanned X-47B Finishes USS Theodore Roosevelt Testing

The unmanned X-47B flew in the carrier pattern with manned aircraft for the first time during testing aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

 

X-47B USS Theodore Roosevelt Testing

X-47B in flight after first-ever catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush in May 2013.

The U.S. Navy’s X-47B finished the last of its testing aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt last week.

According to a release from Naval Air Systems Command:

While underway, the X-47B flew in the carrier pattern with manned aircraft for the first time and conducted a total of five catapult launches, four arrestments and nine touch-and-go landings, including a night time shipboard flight deck handling evaluation.

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Testing began Aug. 17 when the X-47B performed its initial cooperative launch and recovery cycle with an F/A-18.  With its automatic wing-fold capability and new tailhook retract system, the X-47B met the program’s objective to demonstrate that carrier-based manned and unmanned aircraft could maintain a 90-second aircraft launch and recovery interval.

“This is another detachment for the record books; all tests were safely and effectively executed,” said Capt. Beau Duarte, Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager, in a release. “We have set the bar for the future of unmanned carrier aviation.”

The U.S. Navy will continue testing at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

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