The MQ-25 Stingray, an unmanned aerial vehicle designed to refuel Navy aircraft, took its first test flight on September 19. The first test asset flew autonomously just one year after the contract award Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The US Navy and Boeing announced on September 19, 2019 the first flight of the MQ-25 Stingray test asset from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois, which is adjacent to Scott Air Force Base. The drone is set to be the first carrier-launched autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to be integrated in a Carrier Air Wing.

Boeing Navy MQ-25 drone

Boeing and the US Navy’s MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueler during its first test flight, September 19, 2019 Boeing The Boeing-owned test asset, known as T1 (Tail 1) and sporting the civilian registration N234MQ, completed the autonomous two-hour flight under the supervision of Boeing test pilots operating from their ground control station.