The Military Times reports that Oregon National Guard showed off four new drones that are based at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in Pendleton:
The guard is holding a press conference at the airport Tuesday, where it will fly the unmanned aircraft for the first time in civilian airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration recently gave approval to fly drones over a 100-square-mile area of mostly wheat fields north of the airport. The guard has previously flown the drones in military airspace at the nearby Boardman Bombing Range. The RQ 7B Shadow 200 drones have a wingspan of 14 feet and are equipped with two cameras — one infrared and one video.
Photo: Spc. Raymond Poltera, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle operator, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, launches an RQ-7B Shadow 200 TUAV, like the ones being used by the Oregon National Guard, from a pneumatic launcher at the aircraft’s primary launch and recovery site. The Shadow provides commanders on the ground all throughout the MND-B area of operations the ability to quite literally see the entire battlefield. As the leading provider and provisional authority for the MND-B’s airspace, the Fort Hood, Texas, based Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Inf. Div., provides and maintains the launch and recovery site for the entire fleet of Shadow TUAVs.