Look Mum, no hands! Remember Airwolf and Stringfellow Hawk?

They had nothing on this.

This is a photo of the Global Hawk UAV . . . . 

Global Hawk 000782

 

. . . . that recently returned from the war zone under its own power.

(Iraq to Edward’s AFB in CA) – Not transported via C5 or C17.

Note 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 as well as the required quality of the data link
to fly it remotely from a source thousands of miles away.

Not only that, but the pilot controls it from a nice warm control panel
at Edwards AFB, CA.

It can stay up for almost 2 days at altitudes above 60k feet.

The Global Hawk is controlled via satellite.
It flew missions that went from Edwards AFB, CA. and back nonstop.

Basically, they come into the fight, 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
(Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems) direct input,
as well as 360° situational awareness from that and other sensors.

The enemy had a definite morale problem before it was all over.

It is to air superiority what the jet engine was to aviation.

It can taxi out, take off, fly a mission, return, land and taxi back on its own.

There are no blackouts, pilot fatigue, relief tubes, ejection seats,
and best of all, no dead pilots, and no POWs.

 Hello ISIS…I am here to assist your trip to meet Allah

 

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One thought on “Look Mum, no hands! Remember Airwolf and Stringfellow Hawk?

  1. I read a recent article that stated ‘drone pilot’ morale was rock bottom throughout the various nations who deploy them. Never having played a video game through choice, I can only imagine a sense of unreality felt by drone pilots when they ‘clock off’ and drive home. Unlike their counterparts who get to smell av-cat and after burners during each flight… For me personally- total recall is not total reality, but I doff my cap to each drone pilot for the splendid job they do.

    Yours Aye.

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