MQ-9 Reaper chosen as featured Air Force Marathon aircraft for 2018

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 two (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.

“We are so excited to be featuring the Reaper.” said Race Director Rob Aguiar. “The Air Force has an impressive collection of remotely piloted aircraft that are having a considerable impact in global operations.”

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.

The Air Force Marathon, presented by Northrop Grumman, USAA and Boeing, is scheduled for Sept.15. Get more information about the race at

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