Guam – Defense professional dot com is reporting that the RQ-4B Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft program, the first aircraft landed at 9th Operations Group Det. 3 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Sept. 1 after an 18 hour flight from California.
According to the website, the aircraft was flown by pilots and sensor operators from the 12th Reconnaissance Squadron in California.
The flight to Andersen AFB marked the surpassing of the 45, 000 flight-hour mark for the Global Hawk program.
The RQ-4 Global Hawk is preparing to go through the Department of Defense-directed Initial Operation Test and Evaluation process. Upon completion, Det. 3 will be operational. The current focus at Andersen AFB will be to bed down and conduct procedural testing with the aircraft.
It is anticipated that future missions will be strategic reconnaissance and humanitarian support.
The landing of the RQ-4 at Andersen AFB marks a historical step forward for the 12th RS and for the 9th Reconnaissance Wing.