On Feb. 11, 2010, an RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle reached 30,000 combat hours. The day before, the RQ-4 flew the 1,500th combat sortie, reaching 29,999.4 hours. The RQ-4, with teams deployed from home base at Beale AFB, Calif., has operated over Southwest Asia since October 2001. Here, maintenance airmen with the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Hawk aircraft maintenance unit at a base in Southwest Asia go through pre-flight servicing while preparing an RQ-4 for a combat mission Feb. 12, 2010. The airmen and their Global Hawks are deployed from Beale AFB, Calif.
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