Boeing’s Ultimate RC Airplane & The 777X


Boeing 777X Cockpit – Source: Boeing

Two cool Boeing videos for today.

RC buffs are going to drool when they see what Boeing has done to six previously mothballed F16 fighters. The new unmanned F-16 variant, now designated the QF-16, will be used as a realistic target for training exercises. It took some sophisticated engineering to convert the jets into remote control targets; the F-16’s had been in storage for over 15 years. While they are still pretty high-tech, these jets aren’t exactly spring chickens…

Boeing QF-16 info page

It’s a bit spooky seeing the test pilot exit the cockpit after doing the preflight checks!

Next up is Boeing’s newly announced 777X. The Boeing 777 was introduced in 1995 (has it been that long?). Since then, the aircraft has been wildly popular with both passenger and cargo airlines; Boeing has sold nearly 1200 of the jets. A lot has changed in aviation tech since the late 80’s and early 90’s when the 777 was designed, so it’s time for a reboot! ¬†At last month’s Dubai Airshow, Boeing announced orders and commitments for 159 new 777X’s valued at $95 billion. The new 777X takes the best of the 777 family and combines it with the tech developed for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. The result looks amazing. I can’t wait to fly one as ¬†passenger and would love to have a seat on the flight deck!

More info, features and video at the Boeing 777X page.

AeroSavvy is written by Ken Hoke. Since 1984, Ken has loitered the skies in many vehicles, most notably the classic Douglas DC-8. He currently frustrates air traffic controllers in the US, Asia, and Europe as a Boeing 767 captain for a package express airline.
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