The MQ-9 Reaper drone will be the “official” aircraft of the 2018 Air Force Marathon. CONTRIBUTED

Air Force Marathon chooses drone as ‘official’ aircraft of 2018 races

This marks the second time the Air Force has chosen an unmanned aerial vehicle as the aircraft for the contest.

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In 2009, the MQ-4 Global Hawk, a reconnaissance drone, was the first, according to the Air Force.

The Air Force marathon has drawn more than 15,000 runners in recent years, who compete in full- and half-marathons, and a 10K race at Wright-Patterson and a 5K race at Wright State University.

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The Reaper will be featured on runners’ medals and T-shirts. The marathon is scheduled for Sept. 15, 2018.

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