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Boeing's next-generation drone makes first flight from Edwards Air Force Base [Video]

May 4, 2011 | 10:55 am

Boeing Co. has released video of its stealthy Phantom Ray drone's maiden flight from Edwards Air Force Base.

A story about the robotic jet and its first flight appeared in Tuesday's Times.

Watch the video above as the Phantom Ray taxis onto the runway and takes to the skies. Takeoff begins at about 1:15.

The Chicago-based company said the Phantom Ray climbed to 7,500 feet and reached a speed of 205 mph hour in a covert 17-minute event that took place April 27. Boeing officials did not confirm details until Tuesday.

Boeing plans on continuing test flights throughout the year at Edwards. The Phantom Ray is designed to fly at 40,000 feet at speeds of more than 600 mph.

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-- W.J Hennigan
Twitter.com/wjhenn

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