Boeing's X-45A unmanned combat air vehicle is in final preparations for first flight, which Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency managers expect will occur before year-end. Low-speed taxi testing at Edwards AFB, Calif., should commence this month, followed by a quick transition to medium-speed tests. ``The challenge now is to get to high-speed taxi test,'' said program manager USAF Col. Michael Leahy. That is slated to occur in the late fall, but will require one more ...

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