NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The Navy's drone aircraft, the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (USCAS-D), began touch and go landing operations aboard the USS George H.W. Bush Friday.
According to a press release from from the Navy, the touch and go operations represent the most significant step in the maturation of Unmanned Carrier Aviation. The Navy says the ship relative navigation and precision touch down of the X-47B are critical technology elements for all future Unmanned Carrier Aviation aircraft.
Earlier in the week the Navy conducted the first launch of an unmanned aircraft from an aircraft carrier aboard the USS H.W. Bush.
This week's developments in Unmanned Carrier Aviation brings a new era for Naval Aviation.
"We are proud to be a part of another historic first for Naval Aviation. The landing was spot-on and it's impressive to witness the evolution of the Carrier Air Wing," said Capt. Brian E. Luther, Commanding Officer USS George H.W. Bush.
The USS George H.W. Bush is currently conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean.
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