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Boeing's Phantom Ray takes flight

A stealth, unmanned Boeing-built aircraft took flight April 27 for the first time at Edwards Air Force Base, Boeing announced Tuesday.

The aircraft, called the Phantom Ray by Boeing, was in the air for 17 minutes to check basic handling and control systems. The plane, controlled from the ground, reached an altitude of 7,500 feet and a speed of 178 knots. The delta-shaped aircraft is being financed by Boeing in hopes of landing contracts from the U.S. and other governments for aircraft to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights, to knock out enemy air defenses and to attack ground targets.

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