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Photo Essay: Deployed Global Hawk Aircraft Maintenance Unit

Staff Sgt. Jahmal Maloney, a 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, inspects the hydraulic reservoir of an RQ-4 Global Hawk prior to a flight April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The reservoir ensures all of the hydraulic components on the aircraft are properly functioning during flight. Maloney, a New Port, R.I., native, is deployed from Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Staff Sgt. Jahmal Maloney, a 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, inspects the hydraulic reservoir of an RQ-4 Global Hawk prior to a flight April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The reservoir ensures all of the hydraulic components on the aircraft are properly functioning during flight. Maloney, a New Port, R.I., native, is deployed from Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Senior Airman Blaine Aponte and Staff Sgt. Juan Lopez, members of the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, remove a tow bar from an RQ-4 Global Hawk prior to conducting maintenance operations April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The Global Hawk provides intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications capabilities over Southwest Asia.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Senior Airman Blaine Aponte and Staff Sgt. Juan Lopez, members of the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, remove a tow bar from an RQ-4 Global Hawk prior to conducting maintenance operations April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The Global Hawk provides intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications capabilities over Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Senior Airman Blaine Aponte and Staff Sgt. Juan Lopez, members of the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, remove a tow bar from an RQ-4 Global Hawk prior to conducting maintenance operations April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The Global Hawk provides intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications capabilities over Southwest Asia.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Senior Airman Blaine Aponte and Staff Sgt. Juan Lopez, members of the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, remove a tow bar from an RQ-4 Global Hawk prior to conducting maintenance operations April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The Global Hawk provides intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications capabilities over Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Senior Airman Blaine Aponte, a 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant dedicated crew chief, inspects inside the wheel well of an RQ-4 Global Hawk April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Aponte, a Naples, Fla., native, is deployed from Beale Air Force Base, Calif.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Senior Airman Blaine Aponte, a 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant dedicated crew chief, inspects inside the wheel well of an RQ-4 Global Hawk April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Aponte, a Naples, Fla., native, is deployed from Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Staff Sgt. Matthew Roberts, a 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, inspects the intake of an RQ-4 Global Hawk April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The inspection insures the serviceability of the engine fan blades, preventing any foreign objects from damaging the aircraft during flight. Roberts, a Hartford, Mich., native, is deployed from Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Staff Sgt. Matthew Roberts, a 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, inspects the intake of an RQ-4 Global Hawk April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The inspection insures the serviceability of the engine fan blades, preventing any foreign objects from damaging the aircraft during flight. Roberts, a Hartford, Mich., native, is deployed from Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Senior Airman Nicholas McDrummond, a 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics specialist, removes a pitot cover on an RQ-4 Global Hawk April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The Global Hawk is an unmanned aircraft that provides intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications capabilities over Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Senior Airman Nicholas McDrummond, a 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics specialist, removes a pitot cover on an RQ-4 Global Hawk April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The Global Hawk is an unmanned aircraft that provides intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications capabilities over Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Airmen from the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare an RQ-4 Global Hawk for a flight April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The Global Hawk is an unmanned aircraft that provides intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications capabilities over Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Airmen from the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare an RQ-4 Global Hawk for a flight April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The Global Hawk is an unmanned aircraft that provides intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications capabilities over Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Senior Airman Arrelius Oliver, a 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant dedicated crew chief, drags the chocks for an RQ-4 Global Hawk April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Arrelius, deployed from Beale Air Force Base, Calif., was part of a crew preparing the aircraft for a mission that evening.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Senior Airman Arrelius Oliver, a 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant dedicated crew chief, drags the chocks for an RQ-4 Global Hawk April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Arrelius, deployed from Beale Air Force Base, Calif., was part of a crew preparing the aircraft for a mission that evening. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Airman 1st Class Jordan Johnson, a 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics specialist, verifies the integrity of an RQ-4 Global Hawk antenna, using an identify friend or foe transponder April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The IFF antenna allows other aircraft to recognize the Global Hawk as a friendly aircraft.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Airman 1st Class Jordan Johnson, a 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics specialist, verifies the integrity of an RQ-4 Global Hawk antenna, using an identify friend or foe transponder April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The IFF antenna allows other aircraft to recognize the Global Hawk as a friendly aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf/Released)

Southwest Asia -- Airmen from the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare an RQ-4 Global Hawk for a flight April 15, 2014, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

The Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial reconnaissance aircraft deigned to provide day and night, high-resolution, all-weather imagery of large geographic areas.

The aircraft can stay aloft for more than 28+ hours and has a wingspan of 130.9 ft.

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