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July 2, 2013

Predator 107 soars past 20,000 flight hours

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced June 28 that a U.S. Air Force PredatorÆ RPA has reached a record 20,000 flight hours on a single aircraft, the highest flight time of any U.S. Air Force Predator.

The milestone was achieved by Predator 107 (P107) while performing a 21-hour combat mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan on May 5.

ìAmassing 20,000 hours on a single RPA airframe is a remarkable achievement and a true testament to the GA-ASI team, which strives to create highly reliable, durable, and life-saving tools in support of the warfighter,î said Frank W. Pace, president, Aircraft Systems Group, GA-ASI. ìWith the highest Mission Capable Rate of any aircraft in the Air Force inventory, Predators will be available to support our boots on the ground for many years to come.

P107 was delivered to USAF in October 2004, where it began service with the 57th Wing Air Combat Command. In June 2008, the aircraft was transferred to the 432nd Wing with the standup of the first U.S. Air Force Remotely Piloted Aircraft Wing. More than 95 percent of P107ís flight time has been flown in combat in support of Overseas Contingency Operations.

Providing essential situational awareness for the warfighter, Predators continue to excel in combat missions focusing on Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, targeting, forward air control, laser designation, weapons delivery, and bomb damage assessment. Predator was first flown in 1994 and is the first-ever weaponized RPA, featuring precision air-to-ground weapons delivery capability. Arguably the most successful RPA in history, the aircraft has deployed to the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq and other world trouble spots.




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