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Boeing unveils its Phantom Ray spy plane

05-12-2010 14:13 BJT

It may look like a futuristic starfighter, but this sleek gun-metal craft is Boeing's latest unmanned spy plane.

Called the Phantom Ray, the cutting-edge unmanned airborne system (UAS) was unveiled at a ceremony in St Louis yesterday.

The sleek craft has a 50ft wingspan, measures 36ft long and has a gross weight of 36,500lbs. It operates at an altitude of 40,000ft, which is 10,000ft higher than the average long-haul commercial airliner. It will cruise comfortably at a speed of 614mph, or 0.8mach, just shy of the speed of sound.

Boeing's newest research aircraft gets a public unveiling in St. Louis, the United States, May 11, 2010. With a creepy look, it's called the Phantom Ray, words very suited to its future spying role and its sleek lifting-body shape. (Source: Boeing.com)
Boeing's newest research aircraft gets a public unveiling in St. Louis, the
United States, May 11, 2010. With a creepy look, it's called the Phantom Ray,
words very suited to its future spying role and its sleek lifting-body shape.
(Source: Boeing.com)


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