Mastercraft Collection: MQ-1 Predator..
Wingspan: 12.7 inches
Length: 7 inches
The MQ-1 Predator is a fully autonomous aircraft remotely supervised by three Air Force personnel - one pilot and two sensor operators. Since this drone is distantly operated from safe quarters, there is no risk of casualty, which is oftentimes a common scenario in the battlefield. This unmanned air vehicle flies up to 400 nautical miles (740 km) to a target and then returns to its base with excellent loitering endurance of 14 hours. The development of this drone aircraft began in the early 1980s as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Pentagon experimented with reconnaissance drone aircrafts, which then became known as the "Predator". The designation of MQ-1 was appended in 2002 to indicate its new modified form for both the reconnaissance and armed reconnaissance roles.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!