“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Goodfellow Air Force Base in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

RQ-1K Predator

Dedicated 27 May 2009

RQ-1K Predator Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 9, 2014
1. RQ-1K Predator Marker

Span: 48.7 feet Speed: 70-135 mph
Length: 27 feet Ceiling: 25,000 feet
Cost: $1 million Engine: Four-cylinder Rotax 914F

The aircraft on display is the RQ-1K Predator, SN 95-3013. It is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, first-generation unmanned aircraft system initially used for reconnaissance and surveillance. The RQ-1 entered the USAF inventory in 1994 and was deployed for the first time over Bosnia in 1995. In 2002, the Predator was armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, re-designated the MQ-1, and given interdiction and armed reconnaissance roles.

Goodfellow AFB graduates have exploited thousands of Predator sorties as crew members of the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System; and since Predator's inception, Goodfellow has trained imagery analysts to serve as Predator sensor operators. Goodfellow currently trains geospatial intelligence analysts, fusion analysts, cryptolinguists, and intelligence officers who play crucial roles in employing the Predator to find, fix, and destroy enemy forces.

This air vehicle - "Tail 13" - entered the [U.S.] Air Force inventory in 1997 and was deployed immediately to Bosnia. During Operation Allied Force in 1999, Tail 13 was deployed on a 'suicide' mission to locate Serbian surface-to-air missile systems. Early into the mission,
RQ-1K Predator image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 9, 2014
2. RQ-1K Predator
the operators lost communications with the aircraft. Incredibly, Tail 13 returned to base 6 hours later and the operators were able to reacquire communication and land it. Among the operators on that mission was SrA Andrew Reindl, later assigned as an instructor in Goodfellow's Imagery Analysis course.

This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
Erected 2009 by United States Air Force.
Location. 31° 25.651′ N, 100° 24.524′ W. Marker is in Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, in Tom Green County. Marker is at the intersection of Kearney Boulevard and Perimeter Road, 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. TB-25N Mitchell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chaplain, Major General Robert Preston Taylor (approx. mile away); Charles B. Metcalfe (approx. 0.3 miles away); BT-13A Valiant (approx. 0.4 miles away); T-28A Trojan (approx. 0.4 miles away); EC-47 ARDF Operations in Southeast Asia (approx. 0.4 miles away); Goodfellow Field (approx. 0.4 miles away); T-6G Texan (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Goodfellow Air Force Base.
More about this marker.
RQ-1K Predator image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 9, 2014
3. RQ-1K Predator
Access is restricted since marker is on an active United States Air Force base.
Also see . . .  General Atomics RQ/MQ-1 Predator. (Submitted on February 17, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. Air & SpaceCommunicationsWar, 2nd IraqWar, Afghanistan
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on September 16, 2016.
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