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Originally posted by Zaphod58
Can't be a Prowler. That's a drag chute door that's open. None of the A-6 family had chutes.
"Before the X-45A flew its first mission, the T-33 carried the vehicle management system computers, which contain the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other components necessary to fly the mission plan. The T-33 flew the mission profile on autopilot to validate the mission plans and train team members. Each mission is rehearsed with the T-33 first. The T-33 mission profiles train not only the team, but also the support personnel and Range Safety Officer. They can track the T-33 like it was the X-45A," Cosentino explained. The T-33 is a risk reduction tool that will have other roles with the X-45A Program