For the first time ever, an un-crewed aircraft has successfully refuelled another aircraft while both planes were in flight. In the test, Boeing’s MQ-25 T1 aerial tanker drone transferred jet fuel to a US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet.
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Codenamed the Stingray by the Navy, the MQ-25 T1 was developed and built at Boeing’s facilities in St. Louis, Missouri, after the aerospace company won a US$805 million US Navy contract. The prototype drone made its first autonomous flight at the MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in 2019, although no refuelling was performed at that time.
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Source: Ben Coxworth
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