Unmanned First Could Have Happened 13 Years Ago
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July 15, 2019 - by Angus Batey for AviationWeek
The flight of a General Atomics MQ-9B from North Dakota to Fairford last week is being hailed as a breakthrough. But ShowNews has learned that a similar feat nearly took place over a decade ago.
Today, Andy Jeffrey is director of ISR business development for United Technologies Aerospace Systems, but in 2005 the Royal Air Force squadron leader had coauthored the UK military's UAV roadmap and was the assistant chief of the air staff's special adviser on unmanned aircraft.
Jeffrey helped organize the flight of a ScanEagle during the Royal International Air Tattoo in 2005 – effectively laying the foundation for the MQ-9B flight last week. Yet plans were...