F-35 Lightning II has an unmanned version

August 17, 2006 at 5:51 pm 1 comment

According to this article, the F-35 can fly without a pilot.  Same thing with a high altitude flyer called the “Polecat” in the latter paragraphs of the article.

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  • […] In this article from San Diego, some concerns are voiced about the F-35.  Honestly, it sounds like the normal logistics debate that goes on before the launch of any new plane.  Impact on the civilian sector and its plan to use the airport in a civilian capacity are factored in.  Budget debates, efficiency debates, etc.  I found the configurations of the joint strike fighter more interesting.  They are at the bottom of the article. And don’t forget the post from last week, where we found the Lightning II can fly without a pilot! I think we will continue to see debate about this fighter, and its cost, for the next few years.  The flight testing isn’t complete, according to this article, and I think it is prudent to question the push for production when testing isn’t complete.  So, we’ll keep watching this debate. […]

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