Boeing's Phantom Ray uninhabited aircraft test bed arrived at Edwards AFB, Calif., to begin a series of flight tests, Dec, 14, 2010. The aircraft did not make the 1,800 mile journey to Edwards from St. Louis on its own power, but rather carried atop a modified NASA 747 used to ferry space shuttles. On the day before the ferry ride to Edwards, Boeing engineers conducted a test flight from St. Louis' Lambert International Airport to verify that both aircraft were aerodynamically and structurally safe for the West Coast journey. Here, the Phantom Ray sits atop the modified 747 during the test flight.
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