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Unmanned Little Bird Completes Takeoff and Landing Tests

By Staff Writer | September 1, 2012

Offshore, Unmanned

Boeing’s unmanned H-6U Little Bird has carried out 14 autonomous takeoffs and landings from a private ship off the coast of Florida. The optionally piloted Little Bird, which is an unmanned variant of the MD500, had two safety pilots onboard to maintain situational awareness, but did not take control during the testing. Boeing used a commercial-off-the-shelf takeoff and landing system for the flight tests.

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