The MQ-1 Predator, the Air Force’s workhorse remotely piloted aircraft, will see its final combat sortie sometime in March of 2018, the service told Air Force Magazine Monday. The MQ-1 is being replaced by the more capable MQ-9 Reaper. The 15th Reconnaissance Squadron at Creech, AFB, Nev., is the only unit still operating the MQ-1, Air Combat Command spokeswoman Jennifer Spradlin said in an email statement. That unit will fly the final mission in March of next year, and the Predator will be demilitarized and prepared for storage at the Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., boneyard by December of 2018. The Predator already flew its final combat sortie in the
US Central Command area of responsibility at the beginning of July. Predators operating out of Djibouti have been regularly flying in Africa, especially Libya, Niger, and Mali. —Wilson Brissett
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