Monday, June 11, 2012
oh well, at least it wasn't downtown baltimore
The website Antiwar.com reports and the white-bread media confirm that a Navy drone crashed today into a marshy area near Maryland's eastern shore. Nobody on the ground was hurt.
The 44-foot plane went down during a routine training mission.
The Northrop Grumman RQ-4A BAMS-D drones with a range of 10,500 nautical miles can reach 11 miles above the ground, which is above most weather, and stay in the air for more than 30 hours with speeds up to 391 mph, according to the Navy. It is operated by a crew of four on the ground.
These things are used mainly for stuff like maritime surveillance, wartime reconnaissance, etc. More and more, police and Homeland Security types use them for domestic snooping.