MQ-9 Initial Ground Operations
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Steven Burbidge, a MQ-9 Reaper crew chief with the 174th Fighter Wing, stands ready to launch the first MQ-9 at Wheeler-Sack Army Air Field at Ft. Drum, NY on 30 June 2011. This initial ground operation is the precurser to the 174th FW flying off of Wheeler-Sack AAF upon final approval by the FAA. The 174 FW eventually intends to fly the MQ-9 from its main base at Hancock Field, Syracuse, NY. (US Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Call)

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Photo by: Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Call |  VIRIN: 110630-F-DV153-146.JPG