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Flying 'Truck-Copter': Photos of the Black Knight Transformer

Futuristic Flight

Black Knight Transformer in the Desert

(Image credit: Advanced Tactics, Inc.)

The Black Knight Transformer, built by Advanced Tactics, Inc., is an unmanned vehicle designed to combine the capabilities of a helicopter, such as the ability to take off and land anywhere, with the capabilities of an off-road truck.

The futuristic flying machine could one day be used by the U.S. military to deliver cargo or evacuate casualties.

Test Flight

Black Knight Transformer

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During its first test flight in March 2014, the Black Knight Transformer demonstrated a stable and controlled hover.

The landmark flight demonstration was conducted at a secret location in southern California.

Bird's Eye View

Black Knight Transformer - Quadcopter View

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A much smaller quadcopter drone captured this overhead photo of the Black Knight Transformer during its first flight test.


Black Knight Transformer Hover

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The Black Knight Transformer has a large interior space (similar to a Black Hawk helicopter), enabling it to transport cargo into combat zones and to carry wounded soldiers away from the battlefield.

Human Scale

Black Knight Transformer Human Scale

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Rustom Jehangir, an engineer at Advanced Tactics, stands next to the Black Knight Transformer for scale. Jehangir is 6-feet-tall (1.8 meters).

Size Comparison

Black Knight Transformer Size Comparison

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The Black Knight Transformer is larger than a Ford F-350 truck, shown here for scale. When the "truck-copter" is configured for driving, the engines are stowed against the side of the vehicle.

Lots of Features

Black Knight Transformer Graphic

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A graphic describing the advantages and features of the Black Knight Transformer.

Denise Chow

Denise Chow was the assistant managing editor at Live Science before moving to NBC News as a science reporter, where she focuses on general science and climate change. Before joining the Live Science team in 2013, she spent two years as a staff writer for, writing about rocket launches and covering NASA's final three space shuttle missions. A Canadian transplant, Denise has a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, and a master's degree in journalism from New York University.