Training at MQ-9 Reaper flight simulators
In order to fly combat 24/7/365, MQ-9 Reaper aircrew operate their weapons system through the use of a Ground Control Station, which they pilot according to a shift schedule, where crews are briefed into combat scenarios. For VIRTUAL FLAG 19-4, exercisers tasked Hunter aircrews and intelligence analysts to work closely with aircraft and ground elements that included, but were not limited to, platforms such as the A-10 Thunderbolt, E-3 Sentry, E-8 Joint STARS, R-1 Sentinel, AC-130W Stinger II and Coalition Joint Terminal Attack Controllers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Haley Stevens)

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