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AF researchers design, build, fly autonomous aircraft in 24 hours

| Staff Reporters
Eglin Air Force Base — In an open area of the Eglin range known as B-70, a group of Air Force field grade officers and black-shirted innovators huddled together above an eight-pound model aircraft as they raced against their deadline to build it.
Col. Dustin Thomas, Blue Horizons launches a 3D-printed unmanned aerial system during a Blue Horizons demonstration April 25, 2024, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The goal of the demonstration was to create, build and fly a UAS within 24 hours. The team spent the week at Eglin creating UASs for various designs and mission specialties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.)


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