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Posted: 4/13/2006 3:39:09 PM EDT
A pic of the Global Hawk UAV that returned from the war zone on Monday under its own power. (Iraq to Edwards AFB in CA) - Not transported via C5 or C17..... Notice the mission paintings on the fuselage. It's actually over 250 missions.... (and I would suppose 25 air medals).

That's a long way for a remotely-piloted aircraft. Think of the technology (and the required quality of the data link to fly it remotely). Not only that but the pilot controlled it from a nice warm control panel at Edwards AFB.

Link Posted: 4/13/2006 3:42:47 PM EDT


Amazing, but there is a difference in loitering at 30K feet taking pictures and flying close air support while taking ground fire.
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 3:44:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bubbatheredneck:

Amazing, but there is a difference in loitering at 30K feet taking pictures and flying close air support while taking ground fire.




exactally. pilots will be around at least for a few more generations
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 3:45:09 PM EDT
I thought they flew autonomously. Learned something new.
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 3:46:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Napoleon_Tanerite:
exactally. pilots will be around at least for a few more generations



Or at least 9.3 minutes in combat.
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 3:49:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 3:50:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bubbatheredneck:

Originally Posted By Napoleon_Tanerite:
exactally. pilots will be around at least for a few more generations



Or at least 9.3 minutes in combat.



ya... that's TOTAL man-minutes of air combat. the air war will be over before the enemy knows it started. the raptor has taken all the fun and glamour out of it
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 3:51:49 PM EDT
the question is when will skynet be active? then the ropers will truly see fear
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 4:00:44 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 4:07:07 PM EDT
Boeings stock is much more due to the Dreamliner succes/ aerobus fuckups
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 4:08:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Napoleon_Tanerite:

Originally Posted By Bubbatheredneck:

Originally Posted By Napoleon_Tanerite:
exactally. pilots will be around at least for a few more generations



Or at least 9.3 minutes in combat.



ya... that's TOTAL man-minutes of air combat. the air war will be over before the enemy knows it started. the raptor has taken all the fun and glamour out of it


Luckily for the Raptor no other countries have bought the SuperBug!
Link Posted: 4/13/2006 4:24:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BOBK48:
I thought they flew autonomously. Learned something new.


They are autonomous.

The console operator talks to ATC and watches progress on a moving map while drinking coffee and eating a sandwich. There is no "flying" involved.
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