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Offline TomS

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Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX / MQ-25 Stingray Program
« Reply #1170 on: September 17, 2018, 04:45:11 pm »
As a public company, Boeing can't outright lie about their programs.  If they say that haven't flown T-1, they haven't.  If they had flown it and didn't want to say so, they'd "no comment" or just say nothing. 

It actually makes sense not to fly the prototype before award.  At best, it gets you nothing because it's not an RFP response requirement.  At worst, you crash it and you're out the money because it's a company initiative.  Plus you'll look bad.

I'm sure they've flight tested elements of the design, like the control system.  And it's possible there is a subscale RC version around somewhere.  But likely nothing close in size or scope.

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Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX / MQ-25 Stingray Program
« Reply #1171 on: December 28, 2018, 10:25:42 am »
Boeing is Preparing Studies for the Navy Related to the MQ-25
https://www.afcea.org/content/boeing-preparing-studies-navy-related-mq-25

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Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX / MQ-25 Stingray Program
« Reply #1172 on: March 14, 2019, 10:26:55 am »
...pretty quiet lately  ::)

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Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX / MQ-25 Stingray Program
« Reply #1173 on: March 14, 2019, 04:42:22 pm »
droning ....

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Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX / MQ-25 Stingray Program
« Reply #1174 on: March 22, 2019, 06:02:51 am »
Next U.S. Air Force Tanker Likely Autonomous

The U.S. Air Force’s next tanker aircraft will probably be autonomous, the service’s top acquisition official ...

http://m.aviationweek.com/defense/next-us-air-force-tanker-likely-autonomous

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Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX / MQ-25 Stingray Program
« Reply #1175 on: March 23, 2019, 11:51:38 am »
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Meanwhile, the Air Force is continuing to mature technologies for a new refueling aircraft. Newly-released budget documents show the Air Force plans to start designing a “small, pod-mounted tactical air refueling boom for future Mobility applications.” The Air Force is also continuing to assess “promising configurations for future Mobility applications,” budget documents state, with wind tunnel tests scheduled in 2020 for “practical laminar flow treatments and coatings for highly swept wings applicable to Mobility applications.”

wow!

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Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX / MQ-25 Stingray Program
« Reply #1176 on: Yesterday at 03:13:58 am »
The lack of a 'buddy pack' for the USAF due to their selection of the boom system has been a long-standing downside that other operators using drogue and probe refuelling have avoided. Its surprising its taken this long to look at, but I guess modern materials are making a complicated folding boom more practical, though I guess asymmetric drag will still be an issue.

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Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX / MQ-25 Stingray Program
« Reply #1177 on: Yesterday at 06:10:44 am »
The lack of a 'buddy pack' for the USAF due to their selection of the boom system has been a long-standing downside that other operators using drogue and probe refuelling have avoided. Its surprising its taken this long to look at, but I guess modern materials are making a complicated folding boom more practical, though I guess asymmetric drag will still be an issue.

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Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX / MQ-25 Stingray Program
« Reply #1178 on: Yesterday at 08:53:10 am »
Interesting, I had overlooked or forgotten that F-105 buddy pod.

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Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX / MQ-25 Stingray Program
« Reply #1179 on: Yesterday at 09:35:37 am »
Interesting, I had overlooked or forgotten that F-105 buddy pod.

On second glance though, it's using the receiver F-105s probe rather than it's socket.  :(
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Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX / MQ-25 Stingray Program
« Reply #1180 on: Yesterday at 09:48:00 am »
Yeah, it was just a boring drogue buddy pod. The extension arm just got the basket away from the majority of the wake. Thuds were hermaphrodites.

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Re: US Navy’s UCLASS / CBARS / MQ-XX / MQ-25 Stingray Program
« Reply #1181 on: Yesterday at 10:24:19 am »
Yeah, it was just a boring drogue buddy pod. The extension arm just got the basket away from the majority of the wake. Thuds were hermaphrodites.

So were the F-101s.  Can't think of any others that could use either.
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