As we look back on a busy Summer, there were some pretty incredible photos of the MQ-9 Reaper in action. The drone aircraft took part in numerous crucial operations around the globe. Below we compiled the TOP 5 photos from Summer 2019. Take a look starting with #5 below!
Number 5A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft equipped with external fuel tanks and armed with munitions sits in a hanger prior to Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance operations at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, July 23, 2019. Reaper’s are maintained, launched and recovered from deployed locations, but are remotely operated from bases in the United States during ISR operations around the world. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Mason)
Number 4 A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper flies during RED FLAG-Alaska 19-2, June 19 2019, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. This is the first time the MQ-9 aircraft participated in the Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise. The aircraft was controlled by Airmen of the 174th Attack Wing more than 4,000 miles away at their home station at Hancock Air Force Base, New York. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Snider)
Number 3 An MQ-9 Reaper flies a training mission over the Nevada Test and Training Range, July 15, 2019. The Reaper and its aircrew are considered one of the most demanded aircraft in combat operations due to its ability to provide oversight, gather intelligence and employ munitions on the battlefield for 18-20 hours at a time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James Thompson)
Number 2 An MQ-9 Reaper assigned to the 214th Attack Group, Arizona Air National Guard, lands after a training sortie during Northern Strike 19 at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena, Mich., July 24, 2019. 2019 marked the remotely piloted aircraft’s historical debut at the joint force, multinational combat exercise. Northern Strike 19 is a National Guard Bureau-sponsored exercise uniting service members from more than 20 states, multiple service branches and numerous coalition countries during the last two weeks of July 2019 at the Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center and the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, both located in northern Michigan and operated by the Michigan National Guard. The accredited Joint National Training Capability exercise demonstrates the Michigan National Guard’s ability to provide accessible, readiness-building opportunities for military units from all service branches to achieve and sustain proficiency in conducting mission command, air, sea and ground maneuver integration, together with the synchronization of fires in a joint, multinational, decisive action environment. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)
Number 1! An MQ-9 Reaper assigned to the 214th Attack Group, Arizona Air National Guard, flies over Alpena, Mich., during a training sortie during Northern Strike 19 at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, July 24, 2019. 2019 marked the remotely piloted aircraft’s historical debut at the joint force, multinational combat exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)
Some amazing photos captured the past few months of this armed and very capable drone aircraft in the US inventory. It is sure to be a busy Fall for the Reaper, Predator, and all other US drones. Take a look at some of our other drone-related posts!