Hurlburt Field hosting Emerald Warrior ‘flying box’ demonstration – Northwest Florida Daily News

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HURLBURT FIELD — It soon will be back to the future, at least briefly, at Hurlburt Field, headquarters of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

In an age of multiple-role powered aircraft like the four-engine C-130 and tilt-rotor aircraft like the CV-22 Osprey regularly present on the Hurlburt Field flight line, the base will soon host two gliders.

The upcoming Emerald Warrior exercise at Hurlburt Field — an annual event that brings together U.S. special operations and conventional forces from U.S. military partners and allies to prepare for a range of challenges — will include demonstration of a autopilot-equipped unmanned glider.

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The aircraft, designed to be disposable, could be used to deliver supplies to ground troops after launching from powered aircraft like the C-130 and the CV-22 as far as nearly three dozen miles away, according to a PRNewsire news release from Silent Arrow, the company that developed the aircraft.

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