ABOVE: The VISTA X-62A is derived from the F-16 and is used by the USAF Test Pilot School

The Lockheed Martin VISTA X-62A, a one-of-a-kind training aircraft, has been flown by an artificial intelligence agent in a flight lasting more than seventeen hours. This was the first time AI engaged on a tactical aircraft.

VISTA, short for Variable In-flight Simulation Test Aircraft, is a unique training aircraft developed by Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in collaboration with Calspan Corporation for the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base. Built on open systems architecture, VISTA is fitted with software that allows it to mimic the performance characteristics of other aircraft.