Air Force Link:
The first of two production Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles began flying missions in support of the global war on terrorism within hours of arriving in theater earlier this month.
The aircraft — managed by the Aeronautical Systems Center’s Global Hawk Systems Group here — are part of the 12th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron at a forward-base overseas. The two UAVs are named AF-4 and AF-5.
Just 36 hours after arriving on station, AF-5 flew its first combat sortie, which lasted nearly 24 hours. During this initial aerial reconnaissance flight, the Global Hawk’s new production integrated sensor suite performed flawlessly, booting up in half the time of the advanced concept technology demonstration sensor, officials said.
Global Hawk prototypes have been flying nearly non-stop since 9/11.
UPDATE: Forgot to include the link to The Officers’ Club, which is what got me looking into this in the first place. Be sure to check out Global Hawk Arrives in “Southwest Asia”. They’ve got pics.