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  • BAMS-D Global Hawks return home after 13-year mission

    After 13 years at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, the last U.S. Navy RQ-4 Global Hawk, attached to the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance—Demonstrator mission, left its hangar one final time on June 16, 2022. As a part of the BAMS-D mission, the U.S. Navy utilized the Global Hawk to provide

  • Crew Chiefs: The First and the Last for the Mission

    The aircraft is scheduled to land in 10 minutes and Airmen rally up to gather their gear. Reflective belts; laptops full of instructions and technical orders; and giant tool boxes the size of a dresser or wardrobe are checked out and taken on their way to their destination. The Airmen gather to the

  • U.S. Air Force pilots: Masters of the sky

    Pilots deployed with the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing come from different walks of life, fly a variety of aircraft, and play different roles within the Air Force’s five core missions supported here. However, they all serve a common purpose.

  • SecAF, CSAF recognize motivation of Total Force at 380th AEW

    The 380th AEW is in a unique position as the only wing in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility that supports all five Air Force core missions, said Goldfein. However, it is not just the diversity of mission sets that sets the wing apart. The 380th AEW is made up of approximately 25

  • The Airmen behind the Global Hawk

    If anyone were to look inside an RQ-4 Global Hawk they would see nothing but an inorganic mix of hardware and wires, with no seat for a pilot. Measuring 130 feet in width, this remotely piloted aircraft is capable of traversing 12,300 nautical miles in a single mission. The Global Hawk can fly up to

  • Hawk spots its prey

    Soaring through the atmosphere over 11 miles above the ground, a hawk glides nearly effortlessly, training its razor-sharp eyesight on its prey. The hawk circles and monitors the activity below, in anticipation of the right time to strike. However, instead of acting alone, this particular hawk sheds