Sept 25 - Two U.S. Air Force test pilots in a ground control station remotely fly an F-16 jet modified to be an aerial target. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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A modified F-16 fighter aircraft is about to take flight.
A pilot performs all the normal preflight checks,
With no one sitting in the pilot's seat, it taxis and takes off.
The F-16 is now under the control of operators sitting in a flight center at the other side of the base.
It's all part of a trial by Boeing and the U.S. Air Force, who are adapting their retired aircraft for autonomous operation from take-off to landing.
They're called QF-16s.
Six F16's have been modified into the QF-16 configuration for the eventual use in weapons testing and other training, taking human pilots out of the equation…and out of danger.