US Navy and Boeing first-ever aerial refuelling with an unmanned tanker

Originally Published in DefenseNews

The U.S. Navy conducted its first-ever aerial refuelling between a manned aircraft and an unmanned tanker on June 4, with a Boeing-owned MQ-25 Stingray test vehicle performing its first midair tanking mission with a Navy F/A-18E-F Super Hornet.

The test mission out of MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois, proved the unmanned tanker could successfully use the Navy’s standard probe-and-drogue aerial refuelling method.

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