U.S. Air Force Spy Drone • Wingspan Greater Than Boeing 757

The U.S. Air Force RQ-4B Global Hawk has a wingspan of 130.9 ft (39.9 m), which is longer than the wingspan of a Boeing 757 at 124.6 ft (38 m). RQ-4B is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) surveillance aircraft and is arguably the largest military UAV flying regular missions as of 2015. It is powered by a single Rolls-Royce F137-RR-100 turbofan engine with a cruising speed of 357 mph, maximum range of 14,154 mi, and maximum altitude of 60,000 ft. The Global Hawk performs a similar role as the Lockheed U-2 and by using high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR), long-range electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors, as well as long loiter times over target areas – it can survey as much as 40,000 square miles of terrain a day. Full specs of the RQ-4 Block 40 Global Hawk from Northrop Grumman:

Specifications
Wingspan ……………………………………………….. 130.9 ft (39.9 m)
Length …………………………………………………………. 47.6 ft (14.5m)
Height …………………………………………………………….. 15.4 ft (4.7m)
Gross Takeoff Weight ………………… 32,250 lbs (14,628 kg)
Maximum Altitude …………………………….. 60,000 ft (18.3 km)
Payload ……………………………………………… 3,000 lbs (1,360 kg)
Ferry Range ………………………………… 12,300 nm (22,780 km)
Loiter Velocity ……………….. 310 knots TAS (True Air Speed)
On-Station Endurance at 1,200 nm ………………………. 24 hrs
Maximum Endurance ……………………………………………. 32+ hrs

http://www.northropgrumman.com/Capabilities/GlobalHawk/Documents/Datasheet_GH_Block_40.pdf

Film Credits: SrA Andrew Buchanan, SSgt Priscilla Christensen


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7 Responses to “U.S. Air Force Spy Drone • Wingspan Greater Than Boeing 757”

  • Dominic Valdez:

    Whenever I see a US drone, I imagine Obama sitting on top of it.?

  • James Merkel:

    Start real time loc, collecting wave heights. Over time w/super computer modeling u should b able to come w/n 2 or 3ft. Then r ships & shipping can take the smoothest routes. Early wave studies can lead to predictions & understanding of big storms. When bad storms start breaking out side of the modeling, real time data ills n the holes. If search & rescue is needed it is w/greatly reduced areas & notices to nearest ships can b pin pointed. The older models can definitely take on this mission.?

  • James Merkel:

    Look at that the air force already has a strategic long rang bomber w/or w/out ppl n the loop. NOW it can't carry a lot, but it can do 2 things at once, & b pre positioned all around the globe n the air & based. Not what they want but 10 more of these does the job nicely. Each carrying x #s of cruise missiles or big heavy bombs. Far cheaper than what they want & lets the other legacy planes fill n a another 5-10 yrs(till new tech comes on line hyper black tech).?

  • alejandro otero:

    that's the ugliest remote control airplane I've seen?

  • Daaniel Matjusko:

    nice vier ken jou my aboneischen?

  • David Goldberg:

    What is the procedure for adding the "danger mines" logo in the lower right corner?  Nice video by they way.?

  • god:

    Absolutely insane.?

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