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Tango0114 Dec 2017 12:10 p.m. PST

… that could lead to faster and stealthier aircraft

"A drone aircraft which does away with conventional flight controls to manoeuvre and instead uses jets of air to change direction has been tested by defence company BAE Systems and the University of Manchester.

The Magma unmanned aircraft has completed a series of flights and the success of the programme could lead to the development of lighter, more manoeuvrable military and civil aircraft, which require less maintenance…"


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Micman Supporting Member of TMP14 Dec 2017 1:07 p.m. PST

So if you have an engine failure, how will you control the aircraft?

Tango0115 Dec 2017 10:40 a.m. PST

Good question….


M1911Colt Inactive Member17 Dec 2017 9:07 a.m. PST

So if you have an engine failure, how will you control the aircraft?

You don't. Like every modern aircraft, no engine equals flying rock. Nothing (well very few) military aircraft of any sort nowadays can glide for any length of time.

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