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First Loyal Wingman ground tests occur in Australia

16th September 2020 - 03:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


Boeing Australia announced on 15 September that the first ground engine tests of the Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft had taken place. This is a necessary step before the UAV’s maiden flight occurs later this year.

Blurry images emerged recently in Australia of a Loyal Wingman on an airfield tarmac, possibly at Amberley near Brisbane. This was the first indication that the aircraft was undergoing ground testing, with taxiing and a first flight to follow.

Dr Shane Arnott, program director of the Boeing Airpower Teaming System, commented: ‘This engine run gets us closer toward flying the first aircraft later this year,

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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