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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedUS Customs' Predator B Coming to AirVenture
Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System on display at Federal Pavilion
  

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 operations.

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 grounds map.)

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