The two X-45A unmanned combat air vehicles are going on permanent display—one to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. and one to the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The Boeing UCAVs have flown 64 mishap-free flights. The X-45A has been lauded for its aviation firsts that “laid the groundwork for future unmanned combat aircraft,” according to a Boeing release.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.