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The US Air Force dispatched more than 600 fighters, bombers, tankers, airlifters, and intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance aircraft to Operation Iraqi Freedom. In the pack was one loner: the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle.
Fourteen companies submitted proposals. In May 1995, Ryan’s Global Hawk was announced as the winner of Tier II+. Airframe designer Alfredo Ramirez had already sketched out the distinctive “swoopy curves” and long wingspan of Global Hawk. Now, engineers drew on proven technologies to build Global Hawk, shooting for effectiveness, affordability, and ease of maintenance.
Less than three years later, on Feb. 28, 1998, air vehicle-1 (or AV-1) made its first flight at Edwards AFB, Calif. Program management shifted from DARPA to the Air Force in October 1998, and, a month later, AV-2 made its maiden flight. During a March 1999 test flight of AV-2, controllers mistakenly sent a signal to terminate flight, causing the UAV to crash. It was a total loss. In May, after a short safety review, AV-1 resumed flight testing, and, by June, Global Hawk participated in Roving Sands, its first joint exercise. AV-3 began flying in September 1999, with a fourth Global Hawk waiting in the wings at Edwards and a fifth nearly complete. In December 1999, a software problem sent AV-3 careening across the Edwards runway at 178 mph instead of its normal taxi speed of about seven mph. It ran off the runway, seriously damaging its fuselage and nose gear.
Originally posted by alienstar
Im not saying hes a aircraft expert...but i would think he would know if that was a stealth bomber when he saw the logo.