C-17s test fuel saving formation flights

Two USAF C-17s were flown 4,000 ft apart to test fuel saving techniques by flying in formation.



Modifications to the C-17 formation flight system software enabled precise auto-pilot and auto-throttle systems to maintain longitudinal separations.

Preliminary results show a reduction of fuel consumption by up to 10 percent for the duration of a flight.

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