Boeing, USAF Complete First Unmanned QF-16 Flight

QF-16 first unmanned flight
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force completed the first flight of an unmanned QF-16 aerial target from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., on September 19. Flown by two Air Force test pilots in a ground station, the modified Lockheed Martin F-16 reached an altitude of 40,000 feet and a speed of Mach 1.47. It performed aerial maneuvers including a barrel roll over the Gulf of Mexico while pulling more than 7Gs.

“It was a little different to see an F-16 take off without anyone in it, but it was a great flight all the way around,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Inman, commander of the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron.

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