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Predator Missions Over Iraq Flown by Pilots in Fargo

By July 10, 2007

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Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft reconnaissance missions over Iraq and Afghanistan are now being flow by very-remotely located pilots in Fargo, North Dakota -- over 6,400 miles (10,302 kilometers) away.

The Predators are being flown by pilots of the Fargo-based North Dakota Air National Guard 119th Air Wing -- the "Happy Hooligans" -- a unit boasting over 60 years of experience flying fighter jets, most recently the F-16A Fighting Falcon. With the official retirement of the F-16A Falcon in June, the Happy Hooligans are enthusiastically applying their skill and experience to the Predator missions.

"It is exciting and rewarding to be a part of this mission that involves the global war on terrorism, homeland security and domestic contingencies," said Lt. Col. Rick Gibney, commander the Predator squadron, in an Aero-News Network interview.

Photo: MQ-1 Predator/Getty Images

Also See: Predator - Safely Behind the Lines

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January 28, 2013 at 4:48 am
(1) Mike Sheehan says:

i don’t have a URL whtever that is.however my ppoint is to using Drones in a war, it’s like a rifle handgrnade it’s war takew them out as fast as possible..i was a cmbat special grond troop wich they would been not to sucseefull in a triple layer jugle. war may end with the help of GOD and man, NORTH KOREA AND A COUPLE MID-EAST GOING NUCLEAR. IF IT SATARTS WITH THOSE IDIOTS, SCREW THE PLANET. I’M 67 AND A DAM GOOD SHOT (EXPERT) AND M-60 7.62 AMMO IF YOU NEED A VOULUTEER TO GO IN AND CAUSE MASS DESTRUCTION.
IM THE MAN WHO WOULD GO AND COMPLETE MY MISSION AND IF I GOT SHOT OR WHATEVER SO WHAT. I DID IT FOR THE U.S.A.

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