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BBC News - Empty F-16 jet tested by Boeing and US Air Force

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Boeing has revealed that it has retrofitted retired fighter jets to turn them into drones.

It said that one of the Lockheed Martin F-16 made a first flight with an empty cockpit last week.

Two US Air Force pilots controlled the plane from the ground as it flew from a Florida base to the Gulf of Mexico.

Boeing suggested that the innovation could ultimately be used to help train pilots, providing an adversary they could practise firing on.

The jet - which had previously sat mothballed at an Arizona site for 15 years - flew at an altitude of 40,000ft (12.2km) and a speed of Mach 1.47 (1,119mph/1,800km/h).

I wonder if re-purposing 747's is a thing that will be done more in the future.

Adam Rifkin

Adam Rifkin 1:41 PM Aug 11 2013

Maybe the 747's will be re-purposed into drones.

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