Air Force Marathon to feature MQ-9 Reaper

An MQ-9 Reaper, armed with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, piloted by Col. Lex Turner flies a combat mission over southern Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force Photo / Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt)

An MQ-9 Reaper, armed with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, piloted by Col. Lex Turner flies a combat mission over southern Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force Photo / Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt)

Maj. Bryan Kelly, Air Force Materiel Command test pilot from Edwards Air Force Base, California, crosses the finish line as the overall men's winner of the full marathon at the 21st running of the 2017 U.S. Air Force Marathon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Sept. 16. Kelly, from Edwards, California, finished with a time of 2:30:34. (U.S. Air Force photo / Wesley Farnsworth)

Maj. Bryan Kelly, Air Force Materiel Command test pilot from Edwards Air Force Base, California, crosses the finish line as the overall men's winner of the full marathon at the 21st running of the 2017 U.S. Air Force Marathon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Sept. 16. Kelly, from Edwards, California, finished with a time of 2:30:34. (U.S. Air Force photo / Wesley Farnsworth)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB – 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. For more information on the MQ-9 Reaper, refer to the link above.

The Air Force Marathon, presented by Northrop Grumman, USAA and Boeing, is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2018. The Sports & Fitness Expo is held at Wright State University’s Nutter Center and is scheduled for Thursday, September 13, and Friday, September 14. The event will also feature a Gourmet Pasta Dinner on Friday, September 14. Get more information about the race at www.usafmarathon.com