39 Squadron Reaper landmark
Reaper has passed a new milestone, with 39 Squadron reaching 50,000 hours of flying in support of Operation Herrick. 39 Squadron operates Reapers over Afghanistan alongside XIII Squadron, using ground control stations at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Waddington and Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. RAF pilots, sensor operators and ground crew also support the aircraft at a launch and recovery element at Kandahar.
83 Expeditionary Air Group (83 EAG) provides command and control of Reaper in Afghanistan. Air Officer Commanding 83 EAG, Air Commodore Al Gillespie congratulated the Reaper force on its achievement.
He said: “Almost every day Reaper provides UK and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) forces with a battle-winning capability which has undoubtedly saved coalition lives and tipped the scales in their favour in the most difficult of circumstances.
“Since Reaper arrived in Afghanistan the aircrew, intelligence professionals and support staff of 39 and XIII Squadrons have proven themselves to be superb war-fighters and diligent operators.”