It's here! Global Hawk makes historic unmanned flight to Robins

An RQ-4 Global Hawk makes an early morning arrival at Robins AFB, Ga. May 24, 2017. Its arrival marked the first time a Global Hawk has flown into an air logistics complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk makes an early morning arrival at Robins AFB, Ga. May 24, 2017. Its arrival marked the first time a Global Hawk has flown into an air logistics complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk makes an early morning arrival at Robins AFB, Ga. May 24, 2017. Its arrival marked the first time a Global Hawk has flown into an air logistics complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk makes an early morning arrival at Robins AFB, Ga. May 24, 2017. Its arrival marked the first time a Global Hawk has flown into an air logistics complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk makes an early morning arrival at Robins AFB, Ga. May 24, 2017. Its arrival marked the first time a Global Hawk has flown into an air logistics complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk makes an early morning arrival at Robins AFB, Ga. May 24, 2017. Its arrival marked the first time a Global Hawk has flown into an air logistics complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk makes an early morning arrival at Robins AFB, Ga. May 24, 2017. Its arrival marked the first time a Global Hawk has flown into an air logistics complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk makes an early morning arrival at Robins AFB, Ga. May 24, 2017. Its arrival marked the first time a Global Hawk has flown into an air logistics complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

This picture show damage to leading edge of the Global Hawk's wing. Repair work will done by Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, aircraft paint restoration team.(U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

This picture show damage to leading edge of the Global Hawk's wing. Repair work will done by Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, aircraft paint restoration team.(U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk makes an early morning arrival at Robins AFB, Ga. May 24, 2017. Its arrival marked the first time a Global Hawk has flown into an air logistics complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk makes an early morning arrival at Robins AFB, Ga. May 24, 2017. Its arrival marked the first time a Global Hawk has flown into an air logistics complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk makes an early morning arrival at Robins AFB, Ga. May 24, 2017. Its arrival marked the first time a Global Hawk has flown into an air logistics complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk makes an early morning arrival at Robins AFB, Ga. May 24, 2017. Its arrival marked the first time a Global Hawk has flown into an air logistics complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk makes an early morning arrival at Robins AFB, Ga. May 24, 2017. Its arrival marked the first time a Global Hawk has flown into an air logistics complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

An RQ-4 Global Hawk makes an early morning arrival at Robins AFB, Ga. May 24, 2017. Its arrival marked the first time a Global Hawk has flown into an air logistics complex. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Leach)

In the early morning hours of May 24, an RQ-4 Global Hawk landed at Robins Air Force Base. Aircraft routinely fly to Robins but this was the first one to land without a pilot onboard. To prepare for its arrival a building-based launch and recovery element was established. Robins maintenance professionals will provide an organic paint capability during the aircraft's stay here. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tommie Horton)

In the early morning hours of May 24, an RQ-4 Global Hawk landed at Robins Air Force Base. Aircraft routinely fly to Robins but this was the first one to land without a pilot onboard. To prepare for its arrival a building-based launch and recovery element was established. Robins maintenance professionals will provide an organic paint capability during the aircraft's stay here. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tommie Horton)

In the early morning hours of May 24, an RQ-4 Global Hawk landed at Robins Air Force Base. Aircraft routinely fly to Robins but this was the first one to land without a pilot onboard. To prepare for its arrival a building-based launch and recovery element was established. Robins maintenance professionals will provide an organic paint capability during the aircraft's stay here. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tommie Horton)
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In the early morning hours of May 24, an RQ-4 Global Hawk landed at Robins Air Force Base. Aircraft routinely fly to Robins but this was the first one to land without a pilot onboard. To prepare for its arrival a building-based launch and recovery element was established. Robins maintenance professionals will provide an organic paint capability during the aircraft's stay here. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tommie Horton)

In the early morning hours of May 24, an RQ-4 Global Hawk landed at Robins Air Force Base. Aircraft routinely fly to Robins but this was the first one to land without a pilot onboard. To prepare for its arrival a building-based launch and recovery element was established. Robins maintenance professionals will provide an organic paint capability during the aircraft's stay here. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tommie Horton)
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In the early morning hours of May 24, an RQ-4 Global Hawk landed at Robins Air Force Base. Aircraft routinely fly to Robins but this was the first one to land without a pilot onboard. To prepare for its arrival a building-based launch and recovery element was established. Robins maintenance professionals will provide an organic paint capability during the aircraft's stay here. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tommie Horton)

In the early morning hours of May 24, an RQ-4 Global Hawk landed at Robins Air Force Base. Aircraft routinely fly to Robins but this was the first one to land without a pilot onboard. To prepare for its arrival a building-based launch and recovery element was established. Robins maintenance professionals will provide an organic paint capability during the aircraft's stay here. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tommie Horton)
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In the early morning hours of May 24, an RQ-4 Global Hawk landed at Robins Air Force Base. Aircraft routinely fly to Robins but this was the first one to land without a pilot onboard. To prepare for its arrival a building-based launch and recovery element was established. Robins maintenance professionals will provide an organic paint capability during the aircraft's stay here. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tommie Horton)

In the early morning hours of May 24, an RQ-4 Global Hawk landed at Robins Air Force Base. Aircraft routinely fly to Robins but this was the first one to land without a pilot onboard. To prepare for its arrival a building-based launch and recovery element was established. Robins maintenance professionals will provide an organic paint capability during the aircraft's stay here. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tommie Horton)
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In the early morning hours of May 24, an RQ-4 Global Hawk landed at Robins Air Force Base. Aircraft routinely fly to Robins but this was the first one to land without a pilot onboard. To prepare for its arrival a building-based launch and recovery element was established. Robins maintenance professionals will provide an organic paint capability during the aircraft's stay here. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tommie Horton)

In the early morning hours of May 24, an RQ-4 Global Hawk landed at Robins Air Force Base. Aircraft routinely fly to Robins but this was the first one to land without a pilot onboard. To prepare for its arrival a building-based launch and recovery element was established. Robins maintenance professionals will provide an organic paint capability during the aircraft's stay here. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tommie Horton)
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In the early morning hours of May 24, an RQ-4 Global Hawk landed at Robins Air Force Base. Aircraft routinely fly to Robins but this was the first one to land without a pilot onboard. To prepare for its arrival a building-based launch and recovery element was established. Robins maintenance professionals will provide an organic paint capability during the aircraft's stay here. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tommie Horton)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

The RQ-4 Global Hawk has landed at Robins. The arrival of this unmanned aerial vehicle marks the first time an aircraft of this type has flown to an Air Force Air Logistics Complex.

Robins will provide an organic paint capability. This work is necessary to prevent corrosion and deterioration of the aircraft to keep it operating at full mission performance. Plus, the establishment of a Building Based Launch and Recovery Element will allow for launch, landing and ground recovery operations of the aircraft.

While there are no plans to alter the current programmed depot maintenance structure, the Air Force recognizes that having an organic maintenance capability for Global Hawk enhances our ability to manage the fleet and keep this resource flying.


 Images and video of the arrival are available at:

https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/78ABWPAO-VI 

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