Thursday, February 18, 2010

Global Hawk sets flight mark

The RQ-4 Global Hawk surpassed 30,000 combat flying hours and 1,500 combat sorties Feb. 10 during deployment in Southwest Asia. The Global Hawks are assigned to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing from Beale Air Force Base, Calif., and provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance collection capability to support joint combatant forces. The 380th AEW Global Hawks reached their 1,500th combat sortie on Feb. 10. The RQ-4 arrived to its deployed location in October 2001 as a test platform. (Source: AFNS, 02/18/10) Gulf Coast note: Global Hawks are built in part at the Northrop Grumman Unmanned Systems Center in Moss Point, Miss.