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Eye in the sky: Prepping the MQ-9 Reaper

Maintainers with the 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tow a U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft into position for an engine test 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, tail number obscured for operational security)

Maintainers with the 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tow a U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft into position for an engine test 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, tail number obscured for operational security)

Maintainers from the 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tow an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle into position for an engine test before Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, July 23, 2019. Reaper’s are maintained, launched and recovered from deployed locations arounf the world but are remotely operated from bases with the United States. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Maintainers from the 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tow an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle into position for an engine test before Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, July 23, 2019. Reaper’s are maintained, launched and recovered from deployed locations arounf the world but are remotely operated from bases with the United States. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Maintainers from the 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) 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 Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Maintainers from the 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) 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 Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

Maintainers from the 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) 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 Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

An MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle awaits an engine test before Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) 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 Staff Sgt. Mozer O. Da Cunha)

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft awaits an engine test 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)

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft awaits an engine test 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)

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft awaits an engine test 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)

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft awaits an engine test 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)

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