Unmanned Stingray Refuels First Manned Fighter

aerial refueling of fighter aircraft

A U.S. Navy F/A-18F takes fuel from the Boeing-funded testbed for the MQ-25.

Credit: U.S. Navy/Boeing
Boeing’s MQ-25 Stingray is adorned with a U.S. Navy “multimission” designation, but its No. 1 job is to serve as a carrier-based tanker. When testing wraps up in four years, MQ-25s will be needed to extend the range of the carrier air wing’s short-legged fighters, giving Boeing F/A-18E/F pilots a...

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