The Global Hawk

The Global Hawk

This is a photo of the Global Hawk UAV that

returned from the war zone recently under its own


( Iraq  to Edwards AFB in CA) – Not transported via

C5 or C17…… 

Notice the mission paintings on the fuselage. 

It’s actually over 250 missions…. 

(And I would suppose 25 air medals). 

That’s a long way for a remotely-piloted aircraft. 

Think of the technology (and the required quality of

the data link to fly it remotely). 

Not only that but the pilot controlled it from a nice

warm control panel at Edwards AFB. 

Really long legs — can stay up for almost 2 days at

altitudes above 60k. The Global Hawk was

controlled via satellite; it flew missions during

OT&E that went from Edwards AFB to upper  Alaska  

and back non-stop. 

Basically, they come into the fight at a high mach #

in mil thrust, fire their AMRAAMS, and no one ever

sees them or paints with radar. There is practically

no radio chatter because all the guys in the flight

are tied together electronically, and can see who is

targeting who, and they have AWACS direct input

and 360 situational awareness from that and other


The aggressors had a morale problem before it was

all over. It is to air superiority what the jet engine

was to aviation. 

It can taxi, take off, fly a mission, return, land and

taxi on its own. No blackouts, no fatigue, no relief

tubes, no ejection seats, and best of all, no dead

pilots and no POWs.

Pretty cool, huh? 









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