UPDATE: Unmanned drone crashes in Gulf

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 03:14 PM.

The QF-4 is a reusable full-scale target drone modified from the F-4 Phantom aircraft, the Air Force confirmed.

The QF-4 provides a full-scale target for air-to-air weapons system evaluation, development and testing at Tyndall.

Routine precautionary safety measures require that a safety corridor in the Gulf of Mexico and portions of U.S. 98 be closed during take off and landing of these drones, Tyndall officials confirmed. Wednesday’s highway closure was part of these routine procedures and not in response to the incident, Tyndall officials said.

The QF-4 is a referred to by the Air Force as a remotely “controlled target” that simulates enemy aircraft maneuvers.



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