[Photo] First pilotless F-16 flies first remotely controlled mission at Tyndall Air Force Base

Sep 23 2013 - 3 Comments

The first unmanned QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target flew on Sept. 19 at Tyndall Air Force base in Florida, demonstrating the next generation of combat training and testing.

The aircraft has joined the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron to serve as an aerial target for testing against potential adversaries, radars, surface and air-to-air missiles.

Image credit: Boeing

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  • Gyoz

    Very sad image for such a beautiful plane and of most successful fighters ever produced.

    • flitzengrimm

      um well. The specific plane had been out of service for 15 years. It’s not like one of these will get blown up in each training ;). It allows training against much more sphisticated targets. You can’t train against F-4s or whatnot forever…

  • igniatius

    Gimme one, pls!