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MQ-9 Reaper shines radiantly beneath the stars

A U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper conducts the first ever MQ-9 Reaper landing on a dirt landing zone during a training exercise near Fort Stockton, Texas, June 15, 2023. The nighttime landing on an unimproved surface was part of a larger Air Force Special Operations Command exercise involving members of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron from Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. Aircrew and maintenance specialists lauded the accomplishment as proof the Reaper can operate anywhere in the world and is no longer beholden to the “leash” of perfectly paved runways or line-of-sight antennas traditionally used to take off and land the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alysa Calvarese)

PHOTO BY: Airman 1st Class Alysa Calvarese
VIRIN: 230615-F-RC297-1276.JPG
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