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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