Boeing converts F-16 fighter jet into an unmanned drone
I don't know if these were the first of their kind but it looks like there's plenty of room for improvement.Boeing has announced that it has retrofitted a number of retired Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets with equipment enabling them to be flown remotely without a pilot. In conjunction with the US Air Force, the company recently flew one of these unmanned jets, performing combat maneuvers and a perfect center line landing.
That success means that other nations will use this technology and as these 'unmanned fighter jets' can be flown to high risk areas it makes them more lethal than manned air-craft. Maybe it would be better to replace all fighter jets that must be flown by pilots with drone-like jets that would sharply reduce pilots losing their lives in combat?The unmanned jet took off from a base in Florida and flew to the Gulf of Mexico