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Global Hawk

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by avery53, Aug 7, 2011.

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  1. avery53

    avery53 Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Northern Michigan
    The Global Hawk

    This is a photo of the Global Hawk UAV
    that recently returned from the war zone under it's 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.

    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 at a high mach # using military thrust power, 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 POW s.
  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Green Bay Wisconsin
    And, just think. They have better stuff than that that we are unaware of.

  3. Chugiakshooter

    Chugiakshooter Member

    Jun 14, 2009
    Look at the wing no high MACH number there on a straight wing.
  4. grntitan

    grntitan Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2009
    IL(The gun friendly Southern Part)
    Chugiakshooter---The Bell X-1 did not have a swept back wing and achieved Mach 2. The Global Hawk has very thin long wings that could also provide less drag across the wing surface thus lending to the possibility of higher speeds. The fact is, when you get that thin you loose strength and the Global Hawk would likely self destruct if it was capable of such speeds. You are pretty much right though in the Global Hawk was not designed to be fast. Its top speed is somewhere just under 400mph which is well below even Mach 1. It was designed to fly slow speeds at high altitudes(65,000ft max) over long distances and flight times. Its basically the unmanned version of the U-2 Spy Plane. Just say'n..................................
  5. mrskeet410

    mrskeet410 TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Nobody paints it with radar? Why not?
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