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Planes That Fly Themselves?  
User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3578 times:

With the technology we have now, how much can a plane do without a human pilot? Are there any aircraft that can land themselves? It got me thinking after watching Airport 1975 and how the jumbo was flying itself.  Smile

The next generation of aircraft is just around the corner!
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User currently offlineLongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5390 posts, RR: 44
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3571 times:

Aircraft have been able to land themselves since the 60s, starting with the Trident and VC-10, in the UK.

Never gonna grow up, never gonna slow down .... Barefoot Blue Jean Night
User currently offlineXJRamper From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2484 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3568 times:

I was thinking as I read the topic and myself being a smartass I was going to say autopilot.

But ditto to what longhauler said...I am also sure that the military has a lot of prototypes and actual builds for computer guided and flown aircraft.


Look ma' no hands!
User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5719 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3502 times:

The USAF flew its unmanned Global Hawk from California to Australia and back a couple years ago. Seems perfectly reasonable to me that in the not-too-distant future (10 years?) the computer/datalink will fly the plane, the "pilot" will be the backup system, and who needs a copilot?

I love long German words like 'Freundschaftsbezeigungen'.
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