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
Very sad image for such a beautiful plane and of most successful fighters ever produced.
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…
Gimme one, pls!