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The Boeing Loyal Wingman drone aircraft, which is being developed with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), moved under its own power for the first time. It reached a maximum speed of 16mph on the ground and demonstrated several activities while maneuvering as well as stopping on command. A total of three Loyal Wingman prototypes will form the Airpower Teaming System that Boeing will offer customers worldwide. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Air Force partners with industry to ensure we can find innovative solutions to meet our future priorities. Boeing’s Loyal Wingman project is a perfect example of what this collaborative approach can achieve. Seeing the prototype take to the runway for this low-speed taxi test is an exciting moment – another significant development milestone ahead of its first flight,” said Air Vice-Marshal Cath Roberts, RAAF Head of Air Force Capability.