Flying high | RQ-21 soars into history with first Australian flight


A U.S. Marine Corps RQ-21A Blackjack was flown for the first time in Australia as part of the annual Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, August 8. Marine Unmanned Arial Vehicle Squadron 3, MRF-D’s Air Combat Element, launched the surveillance aircraft in support of bilateral training between the U.S. and Australian Defence Forces, marking a series of firsts for the Hawaii-based unit. “This is the RQ-21A’s first deployment since we declared the squadron [fully operational], it’s very exciting for us” said U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Trevor Ellingson, an unmanned aircraft systems officer with VMU-3…


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