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Featured Aircraft

MQ-9 Reaper

The MQ-9 Reaper has been selected as the featured Aircraft for the 2018 Air Force Marathon.  Built by General Atomics Aviation Systems Inc., the Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily against dynamic execution targets and secondarily as an intelligence collection asset.  Powered by a Honeywell TPE331-10GD turboprop engine, and requiring a crew of 2 (pilot and sensor operator), the Reaper boasts armament including a combination of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, GBU-12 Paveway II and GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions. It entered the Air Force inventory in October, 2007.

This is the second time the Air Force Marathon has showcased an unmanned aircraft.  The first was the RQ-4 Global Hawk in 2009.  The Reaper will be featured on the event’s race shirts, medals and other marketing materials. For more information on the MQ-9 Reaper, refer to http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104470/mq-9-reaper/.

Past Featured Aircraft by Year
1997
1998
1999
2000

Wright Flyer

F-22 Raptor

C-17 Globemaster III

F-16 Falcon
2001
2002
2003
2004

B-1 Lancer

F-15 Eagle

B-2 Spirit

F-117 Nighthawk
2005
2006
2007
2008

U-2 Dragon Lady

A-10 Thunderbolt II

C-5 Galaxy

F-22 Raptor
2009
2010
2011
2012

RQ-4 Global Hawk

B-52 Stratofortress

B-1 Lancer

B-2 Spirit
2013
2014
2015
2016

C-130J Hercules

F-35 Lightning II

U-2 Dragon Lady

CV-22 Osprey
2017*
2017*
2018

F-22 Raptor

P-51 Mustang

MQ-9 Reaper

*Two aircraft were featured in 2017