US pilot returns to drone with flying fuel in flight

The X-47B test aircraft successfully completed the first drone refueling operation off the coast of Maryland and Virginia.

US pilot returns to drone with flying fuel in flight

The drone was able to receive 4,000 pounds of fuel from the Omega K-707 tanker.

“Our success today is an extraordinary step forward in the history of the US Navy,” Captain Ballard Ard, manager of the aircraft carrier’s drone program, wrote in a statement.

US pilot returns to drone with flying fuel in flight

“The ability to automatically receive oil while flying is a long-term possibility for future drones,” he said. “It will also increase the range of aircraft carriers’ ability to expand,” he said.

The X-47B has been on the run since 2013.

The plan is to temporarily suspend the drone’s pilot program for the drone program, which is being debated as to how the drone can be used in the operation.