Boeing’s Phantom Ray?s Test Flight
The Phantom Ray, also known as Boeing’s stealth-style drone, has just completed its experimental test flight at Andrew’s Air Force Base on April 27. The Boeing officials confirmed the details and released the test pictures on Tuesday (May 20, 2011). The Phantom Ray flied from St. Louis to NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards both individually and on top of Boeing 747. The Phantom Ray was designed as a resemblance of a giant boomerang. This future aircraft accomplishes a number of missions like making ways for fighters and bombers and deleting the radar installations.
The Boeing’s Phantom Ray, also known as the drone, has a 150-foot wingspan and 36 feet long. The robotic jet is built in Boeing’s complex in St. Louis with the supports from Phantom Works facilities in Huntington Beach.
The Phantom Eye has capability to fly at the altitude of 65,000 feet in more than four continuous days. It has delta-winged and sleek design.
During the 17-minute flight on April 27 at Edwards Air Force Base, the drone boosts to 7,500 feet at the speed of 205 mph.
The spy plane has a size of Boeing 747.
The Phantom Ray is designed as a futuristic unmanned plane to serve both strike and reconnaissance duties.
According to Boeing Defense, Space & Security, the plane will support to “electronic attack, autonomous aerial refueling and suppression of enemy air defenses.”
A Boeing Phantom Ray experimental unmanned aircraft sits on the top of a NASA jet.
The plane can be controlled by a computer, not a remote control.
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