First Test of Unmanned F-16 a Success

The first test flight of a US Air Force unmanned F-16, known as the QF-16, was a great success, according to the USAF and Boeing personnel involved in the program.

The QF-16 will replace the aging QF-4 as a full-scale fighter primarily used as target practice and weapons testing. Having a more modern plane as a target drone will allow pilots to better prepare for the more maneuverable and capable aircraft they may see in the skies over hostile territory.

Although unmanned, the plane is still piloted - for this first test it was flow from a specially-outfitted room at Tyndall Air Force Base, where the test occurred. Once the tests at Tyndall are completed, the program will move to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico for live-fire testing.

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