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Costly Drone Is Poised to Replace ­-2 Spy Plane


Global Hawk drone

In an era in which remotely piloted planes are seen as relatively cheap and easy solutions, the Global Hawk has become the Escalade of drones, the gold-plated one that nearly broke the bank.

J. Emilio Flores for The New York Times

Tucked away here in the Mojave Desert, the assembly plant for the high-flying Global Hawk jet resembles a giant hobby shop. Work tables surround a handful of fuselages, and an unusually long wing—needed to slip through the thin air at 60,000 feet—is ready to be bolted into place.

From The New York Times
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