First Global Hawk arrives at Grand Forks baseGrand Forks Air Force Base is celebrating the arrival of its first Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Grand Forks Air Force Base is celebrating the arrival of its first Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system.
The base scheduled a Wednesday afternoon ceremony to welcome the high-altitude surveillance drone. The Grand Forks Herald reported that the drone actually arrived at the base last Thursday.
The base eventually will have eight Global Hawks. The mission will mean the addition of about 450 personnel at the base that used to house air refueling tankers.
The base already is home to Predator unmanned aircraft flown by North Dakota National Guard airmen in Fargo, and Predators flown by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.