U.S. Navy makes aviation history

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Navy Launches First Drone From Aircraft Carrier

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The U.S. Navy made aviation history by launching an unmanned jet - the bat-winged X-47B stealth drone - off an aircraft carrier for the first time, taking an important step toward expanded use of drones by the American military. The X-47B and its successors are seen as a potential answer to the threat posed by medium-range anti-ship missiles developed by China and Iran.

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