Ray of flight

The MQ-25 is at the forefront of autonomous flight

February 03, 2020 in Defense, Innovation

The Boeing MQ-25 test asset, T1, takes off for the very first time on Sept. 19, 2019, from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.


The first test flight of T1, the Boeing-owned MQ-25 test asset, on Sept. 19, 2019, came just more than a year after the U.S. Navy awarded Boeing with an $805 million engineering and manufacturing development contract to provide four unmanned refueling aircraft. It was a notable accomplishment for a program that’s attempting to perfect an unprecedented mission: to autonomously refuel naval aircraft from aircraft carriers.

Read more about this historic day from the perspective of MQ-25 program teammates.