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Future fighter planes won't have ejection seats

Dr. Tom (23206) writes | about a year ago

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Dr. Tom writes "The U.S. has deployed more than 11,000 military drones, up from fewer than 200 in 2002. They carry out a wide variety of missions while saving money and American lives. Within a generation they could replace most manned military aircraft, says John Pike, a defense expert at the think tank GlobalSecurity.org. Pike suspects that the F-35 Lightning II, now under development by Lockheed Martin, might be “the last fighter with an ejector seat, and might get converted into a drone itself.”

The weakest link is the pilot. A jet could pull 15 g's, out-turning any conventional aircraft, except it would kill the pilot. Is it time to stop spending billions on obsolete aircraft?"

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Federation Droid Control Ship (1)

sycodon (149926) | about a year ago | (#43013971)

See Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

See also A Taste of Armageddon [wikipedia.org]

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