The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper is my 10th aircraft design and my first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle(UAV) in my unique Air Force challenge coin diecast collection. I could have picked from several different UAVs to do, but the Reaper has been the most recognizable in the news. On October 28, 2007 the US Air Force recorded it’s first Reaper Kill firing a Hellfire Missile at insurgents in Afghanistan. The most recent notable action was on November 13, 2015 when an MQ-9 was used to kill the famous ISIL member Mohammed Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John”, who had executed multiple Westerners.
Originally the MQ-9 Reaper was designed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for the United States Air Force, but they are also now used by NASA and for US Homeland Security for protecting our borders. Australia, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom all have contracts with General Atomics and are using them in the same fashion. A typical MQ-9 system consists of UAV, ground control station, communications equipment, maintenance spares, and personnel. A crew comprises of a pilot, sensor operator, and Intelligence Coordinator.
On May 1, 2007, the US Air Force 432d Wing was activated to operate MQ-9 Reaper and the MQ-1 Predator UAVs at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. This base is located in a remote area in Indian Springs, Nevada. The men and women at Creech AFB and the 432d Wing have played a key role in the development of the MQ-9 and other UAVs. This is why I decided to have their patch displayed beautifully on the bottom of the MQ-9 Reaper. These UAVs are now at bases all over the world and they are definitely the future for military warfare. Even Amazon has plans to start delivering your Prime shipments directly to your house with UAV technology.
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