Flightman
Depending on how you look at this, could be a good thing, could be a very bad thing.
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whatmovesyou
The Navy is bring back the X-47 B (drone that takeoff and lands on the carrier unmanned) and next year is adding software so it can be refueled. (How do you home in on a drogue chute?) Combine that with you just showed above and I think you know where this is going.
Industry is trying to reduce cost and they are experimenting using one pilot on cargo runs already to save training and money. Airlines will be next.
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F1wanabe
I saw this yesterday. Able to pull 9+ gs without the pilot and could redefine super maneuverability. Too bad though.
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Depending on how you look at this, could be a good thing, could be a very bad thing.



What are your concerns? Do you know what it is going to be used for? The US Air Force has been flying old fighter drones for many years to be used as targets for air to air missile and air to air gunnery training at Tyndall AFB. I was personally engaged in a few missions where Canadian CF18s shot live Aim 9 and Aim 7 missiles (without the warhead) at QF100 and QF4 drones. With the orange tail and wing tips, I would suggest that these QF16s are just the next generation of drones for air to air missile and gunnery training.

The bulk of the pilots who "fly" those drones are retired USAF fighter pilots who are now content to play a massive video game with real size RC planes.

The F16 has always been able to pull 9gs with a pilot on board, the way the seat is setup is more conducive to higher g than most other fighter aircraft and having a side mounted joy stick makes it easier to fly the aircraft under high g loading.

Just my $.02 worth.

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Scott
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Flightman
Drones might take over the piloting jobs, eh, who knows. I hope the airliners aren't next.
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e3_Scott
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Drones might take over the piloting jobs, eh, who knows. I hope the airliners aren't next.



Drones (UAVs) of many variants have already taken over many missions and in fact can do many missions that manned aircraft used to do or could not do because they were too big, too expensive to run and could not stay on station as long. They have been used extensively with great success in thousands of missions since war started in Iraq and Afghanistan. Much of what they have accomplished for considerable cost saving also probably saved pilots and airplanes, we all have our opinions on how things should go, but it is easier to deal with a UAV being shot down than a pilot or crew being killed by enemy fire.

Cruise missiles in fact have been around longer than UAVs in the military arsenal and they can inflict a lot of damage in a real hurry without ever putting a pilot, a crew or an airplane in harm's way.

I personally do not believe all military missions and aircraft are going to be completely unmanned anytime soon, as long as pilots run the Air Forces of the world, pilots will continue to have jobs, there will be just less of them as Air Forces do not require as many aircraft as technology allows less pilots to inflict more damage than in days gone by.

I spent 29 years in the Canadian Air Force, I can tell you that pilots in the military will have jobs for many, many years to come. I would also suggest to you that the airline industry and the public at large is not about to board an aircraft with their families without another highly trained human being in command...but that is just my opinion.

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bob_a_builder
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the public at large is not about to board an aircraft with their families without another highly trained human being in command.


Would help if they stayed in command ...

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Argonath
I once saw an article about the JSF with a Squadron of Unmanned drones. The JSF had a pilot and the drones were his wingmen. Their primary programming was to defend the JSF and the pilot could issue commands to the drones to break and attack designated targets either collectively or individually.

I think that so long as aircraft will be deployed in combat roles, a human operator will always be in 'command' of the drones and it will not be left to AI to determine targets.
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e3_Scott
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Depending on how you look at this, could be a good thing, could be a very bad thing.



Have a look at these articles, I think it will explain the F16 drones at Tyndall AFB.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hpYVdhmfKOc-jbOIZMlZurVlS5lg?docId=9147ed8c-1c93-4c72-9b7b-036785a69440

http://www.newsherald.com/news/government/newest-drones-on-the-rise-at-tyndall-afb-video-1.207427

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Scott
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JettaManDan
i think it sucks such a good aircraft will be sacrificed..but this has been done for decades.....think we need to have them for sale to civilains ...guy local to me owns a Harrier...true story....

http://www.thebaynet.com/news/index.cfm/fa/viewstory/story_ID/28978\

it got towed right past where i live at 4 in the morning
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PhilDou
These planes were retired, or going to be, right? So instead of getting scrapped, or rotting in a desert they get to go out in a blaze of glory. I kinda like that better.
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Flightman
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These planes were retired, or going to be, right? So instead of getting scrapped, or rotting in a desert they get to go out in a blaze of glory. I kinda like that better.



I believe that this F-16 was retired.
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JettaManDan
yeah they are boneyard planes..so they either sit and rot or be used..so this is better....
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The only uneasiness I have had with drones is the ability to hack it and another person or thing could easily take control and fire on our men...I believe aircraft that go at supersonic speed should be flown by men/ women and only men/ women.
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