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Great Video of the Stealthy Phantom Ray UAV Taxiing

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Check out this video of Boeing's Phantom Ray UAV undergoing taxi tests at the company's St. Louis, Mo., facility last month. I don't know about you, but it's the first time I've seen an stealthy-looking, unmanned jet on the move.

Boeing's Phantom Works division has been developing the fighter-size plane on its own dime as a technology demonstrator for stealthy UAVs that can do everything from close air support missions to air-to-air refueling and ISR work.

The design actually is based on the company's X-45 Unmanned Combat Aerial System (UCAS) prototype which lost the competition to supply the U.S. Navy with a stealthy combat drone to Northrop Grumman's X-47B a couple of years ago.

The X-45 is supposed to be flying on the back of the NASA's modified 747 space shuttle transporter today to Edwards Air Force Base in California in preparation for a flight to Edwards Air Force Base in California where it will undergo further taxi tests and, if all goes well, a first flight in early 2011.

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