Raqqah liberated: Combat RPAs in the fight

An MQ-9 Reaper flies a training mission Oct. 18, 2017, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Combat remotely piloted aircraft such as the MQ-9 and MQ-1 Predator were heavily integrated during combat operations to liberate Raqqah, Syria, from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s control in early October. During the push to free the city, RPA aircrews flew more than 44,000 hours and employed approximately 20 percent of the coalition strike effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen)

PHOTO BY: Senior Airman Christian Clausen
VIRIN: 171018-F-YX485-021.JPG
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