Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2812 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4124 times:
Quoting Legs (Reply 4): Exactly how does the drone conversion work? Do the drones just fly a pre-programmed flight profile? Or is there provision for a ground controller to control the drone?
Both methods are possible, plus the aircraft can still be controlled by a live human in the cockpit. I believe that in addition to the control system and datalink, on the F-4's, an AIM-9 warhead is also installed as an auto-destruct feature (when flown remotely).
Flyingclrs727 From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 700 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3970 times:
Quoting Spacepope (Reply 1): No chance for F-111s to be used as drones. The current QF-4 fleet will last a little while more, and the USAF has put out a tender for conversion of QF-16s in the past year.
With all the structural problems with early F-15's, I wonder if there will be a QF-15?
EBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 2 Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 3924 times:
Quoting Flyingclrs727 (Reply 11): With all the structural problems with early F-15's, I wonder if there will be a QF-15?
While that would seem a good possibility, it appears the F-16 is the preferred airplane for the next series of drones; QF-16A and B? I wonder if the early F/A-18A and B models will ultimately be considered for drone duty as well.