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UNMANNED AIR FORCE RECON AIRCRAFT LANDING IN ALASKA FOR THE FIRST TIME

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an RQ-4 Global Hawk, landing during Red Flag Alaska exercises on Thursday at Eielson Air Force Base.

It was the  the first time an unmanned RQ-4 has landed in Alaska during the simulated combat training exercise, according to the U.S. Air Force.

The RQ-4’s reconnaissance capabilities were being incorporated into the simulated combat exercises called Red Flag Alaska, the Pacific Air Force’s training exercise that is conducted with more than 100 aircraft and units from the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Great Britain.

The RQ-4 pilots were directing the operation of the aircraft from Beale Air Force Base, outside of Marysville, Calif.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Very cool

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