The Future of Naval Aviation is here Today!

Nov 21, 2013 4 Comments by

When it comes to using drones in the military, the US Navy doesn’t fool around! Claiming to have the best pilots (Aviators) on the planet, the US Navy also has the most sophisticated Drones now in military service. Or, soon to be.


Far from the old “Shadow” twin boom UAVs that were caught in nets, the new generation of stealth Drones, like the Northrop Grumman X-47B are real “Live” Naval aircraft in every way except they don’t have a Naval Aviator in the cockpit. in fact there is no cockpit! Check out this amazing video, approved by the US Navy!



Crew: None aboard (semi-autonomous operation)

Length: 38.2 ft.

Wingspan: 62.1 ft extended (30.9 ft. stowed/folded)

Height: 10.4 ft.

Empty weight: 14,000 lb

Max. takeoff weight: 44,567 lb

Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney F100-220U turbofan


Maximum speed: Subsonic

Cruise speed: Mach 0.9+

Range: 2,100+ NM

Service ceiling: 40,000 ft.


2 weapon bays, providing for up to 4,500 lb (2,000 kg) of ordnance

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4 Responses to “The Future of Naval Aviation is here Today!”

  1. chardesa says:

    This is our NAVY in action, a great achievement for the CVN-77, but just wait until the CVN-78 gets operational.

  2. Robert Wilkerson says:

    I have een flying Radio control for 30 years Radios go from am to fm to 2.4 ghz I speak for myself but that is the finest RC plane I have ever seen. Take a sport to war I want one!

  3. Brian Templeton says:

    Make a nice model in one fifth scale with plug-in wings and either gas turbine or large E.D.F. unit(s).

  4. Allen says:

    Who was the rescue helicopter going to “rescue”?

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