X-47B First Carrier Launch

On May 14, 2013, for the first time in history, an aircraft with no pilot onboard took off from a modern, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The X-47B demonstrator launched from the USS George H.W. Bush off the coast of Virginia at 11:18 a.m., and flew to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. “Today we saw a small, but significant pixel in the future picture of our Navy,” said Vice Adm. David Buss, commander of the Naval Air Forces. US Navy Video: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Andrew Johnson (1:25)

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