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The Dawn of Unmanned Aviation
Photograph by Joe McNally

A new day brightens behind the X-47A Pegasus, a prototype unmanned combat aerial vehicle, or UCAV, at California's Naval Air Station China Lake. Flown by sophisticated onboard computers, the Pegasus made a successful first flight earlier this year. More important, it landed accurately on the runway, heralding a future when similar vehicles will land on the decks of aircraft carriers.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon D1X
Film Type: Lexar Compact/Media
Lens: 12-24mm f/4 zoom lens
Speed and F-Stop: One second @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Cloudy
Time of Day: Dawn
Lighting Techniques: 12 Nikon SB80 strobes


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