An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.
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US launches drone from aircraft carrier for first time

15 May 2013 Last updated at 14:30 BST

In a mission that has been described as a milestone for military aviation, the US Navy has launched an unmanned drone from the flight deck of an aircraft carrier for the very first time.

The Navy hopes the experimental aircraft will pave the way for a new line of drones that could carry out bombing raids from a carrier, heralding a new era of unmanned naval aircraft.

Tom Bayly reports.