Photos courtesy U.S.
Customs and Border Protection
EAA AirVenture attendees can get an up
close look at the Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) aircraft
throughout the week when it's on static display at the Federal Pavilion.
The Predator is owned and operated by the
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, which uses it to enhance
security operations by providing long-duration reconnaissance,
surveillance and tracking. Built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems
in San Diego, the Predator has to date contributed to the arrest of nearly
5,000 illegal aliens.
The Predator can fly 240 knots for over 18
hours at an altitude of up to 50,000 feet. Because it is operated via
remote control, the aircraft can maneuver in volatile conditions. In 2008,
CBP deployed the Predator to the southeast region during the Atlantic
Hurricane season where it supported the preparation and recovery
With a wingspan of 66 feet and a length of
36 feet, the Predator is equipped with electro-optical, infrared, laser
designation and laser illumination, and rapid strike capabilities along
with Synthetic Aperture Radar. It's powered by a Honeywell TPE 331-10T
turboprop in pusher configuration and has a payload of 3,800 pounds.
Speak with crewmembers and see the Predator
up close during special forums in the Federal Pavilion on Wednesday, July
29, 12-1 p.m.; and Thursday, July 30, 2:45-3:45 p.m.
The Federal Pavilion is located along the
flight line across Wittman Road from Homebuilders Headquarters. (See
location #42 on AirVenture