NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - History was made off the Virginia Coast Tuesday, in what was a very exciting moment in Naval Aviation.
For the first time, the Navy launched an unmanned aerial vehicle from the deck of an aircraft carrier at sea.
The U.S. Navy launched the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) from the USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean.
Last December, the Navy successfully completed tests aboard USS Harry Truman to see how well the unmanned X-47B could taxi and maneuver on the flight deck. Tuesday's launch, however, will be the first time an unmanned plane has ever been catapulted off the flight deck.
"This is a unique look into a navy test program of a high technology "X" plane (test plane), an historic moment as we introduce the X-47B for the first time into the harsh environment of a carrier at sea," explained CAPT Jamie Engdahl, UCAS Program Manager.
WAVY News 10 Military Reporter Art Kohn will have complete coverage of the historic first catapult launch, from the deck of USS George H.W. Bush. Look for his special reports, beginning tonight on WAVY News 10 at 5 p.m.
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