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Goodfellow Air Force Base in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

RQ-4A Global Hawk

Displayed - 9 February 2012

 
 
RQ-4A Global Hawk Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 9, 2014
1. RQ-4A Global Hawk Marker
Inscription.

Wingspan: 116.2 ft Length: 44.4 ft
Speed: 400 mph Range: 1,300+ miles
Ceiling: 65,000 ft Cost: $35 million


Northrup Grumman developed the RQ-4 Global Hawk in response to a Department of Defense requirement for a high-altitude long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft. Aptly named, the Global Hawk could deploy to any point on the globe and then loiter, as a hawk, for as long as 24 hours at up to 65,000 feet while monitoring an area as large as 40,000 square miles.

The first flight of the RQ-4 took place in 1998, with delivery of the first pre-production vehicles to the [U.S.] Air Force five years later. Goodfellow's Global Hawk (S/N 02-2013) was part of Block 10, the first production block, and was accepted into the inventory in 2006. During the next four years it flew 285 missions, mainly in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, before retiring to Goodfellow in 2011 as the first Global Hawk to be placed on outdoor display. That was fitting, since it is Goodfellow that trains the geospatial intelligence analysts responsible for exploiting imagery produced by such platforms as the Global Hawk.

This vehicle is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
 
Erected 2012 by United States Air Force.
 
Location.
RQ-4A Global Hawk and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 9, 2014
2. RQ-4A Global Hawk and Marker
31° 26.287′ N, 100° 24.566′ W. Marker is in Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, in Tom Green County. Marker is at the intersection of Kearney Boulevard and Canberra Street, on the right when traveling north on Kearney Boulevard. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goodfellow AFB TX 76908, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. RF-4C Phantom II (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named RF-4C Phantom II (within shouting distance of this marker); T-6G Texan (approx. 0.3 miles away); Goodfellow Field (approx. 0.3 miles away); EC-47 ARDF Operations in Southeast Asia (approx. 0.3 miles away); T-28A Trojan (approx. half a mile away); BT-13A Valiant (approx. half a mile away); Charles B. Metcalfe (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Goodfellow Air Force Base.
 
More about this marker. Access is restricted since marker is on an active United States Air Force base.
 
Also see . . .
1. Northrup Grumman Global Hawk. (Submitted on February 16, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. RQ-4 Global Hawk. (Submitted on February 16, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Ultimate Weapons: The Global Hawk. (Submitted on February 16, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Global Hawk EISS (Raytheon). (Submitted on February 16, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceCommunicationsMan-Made Features
 
RQ-4A Global Hawk image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 9, 2014
3. RQ-4A Global Hawk
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 365 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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