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Leading edge bomber now a museum showpiece.



An avant-garde unmanned combat aircraft that just two years ago was seen as the future of the Air Force has been relegated to a museum display. Boeing, the manufacturer of the X-45A unmanned combat air vehicle The Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) or "combat drones" is the name of a new class of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). They differ from ordinary UAVs, because they are designed to deliver weapons (attack targets) – possibly with a great degree of autonomy. , announced that one of the two prototypes it built for the Air Force is going to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 8,023 acres (3,247 hectares), W Ohio, NE of Dayton; est. 1917. One of the largest airport installations in the world, it is the air force's main research and development base, and the headquarters of the  in Dayton, Ohio Dayton is a city in southwestern Ohio, United States. It is the county seat and largest city of Montgomery County. As of the 2005 census estimate, the population of Dayton was 158,873. . The other is headed to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) of the Smithsonian Institution is a museum in Washington, D.C., United States, and is the most popular of the Smithsonian museums. It maintains the largest collection of aircraft and spacecraft in the world.  in Washington, D.C.

"The X-45A made history and laid the groundwork for future unmanned combat aircraft with its 64 mishap-free flights. We take great pride that they will be displayed for the world to see at these museums," said Dave Kooper-smith, X-45 program manager for Boeing Advanced Systems.

At the Smithsonian, the X-45A will be suspended in mid-air. At the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, ironically, the UCAV UCAV Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle
UCAV Uninhabited Combat Air Vehicle
UCAV Uninhabited Combat Aerial Vehicle
 will be displayed in the "Cold War Gallery."

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