Two Boeing X-45As flew their first simulated combat mission at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California Feb. 4, marking the 50th flight for the unmanned aircraft since it took to the air in 2002, according to Boeing. The X-45As flew at 24,500 feet and 25,500 feet altitude, separated by 25 miles while flying at 225 knots. They flew a simulated combat air patrol mission and were given two simulated pop-up ground threats to destroy. Once the aircraft detected the threat, ...

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