Dec 152011
Predator Drone

MQ-9 Reaper Taking Off






Manufacturer:  General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (San Diego)

Model:  General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (Formerly Predator B)

Type: Unmanned combat air vehicle

Introduced: May 1, 2007

Payload: 3,800 lbs

Engine: 950 hp turboprop

Range: 3,200 nautical miles and 50,000 ft

Max Speed: 300 mph

Cost: $30 million/plane  ($154 million for system including 4 aircraft)

Number Built: 57

Used By: United States,  United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy

Trivia:  U.S. Air Force (USAF) Chief of Staff General T. Michael Moseley said, “We’ve moved from using UAVs primarily in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance roles before Operation Iraqi Freedom, to a true hunter-killer role with the Reaper.”

MQ-9 Reaper Flying

Dec 142011













Inventor: Robert William Thomspon

Country: Scottland

Year: 1846

Official Name: Thompson Aerial Wheel

Distinction: First Pneumatic Tire

Construction: Ruberized canvas inner tube surrounded by leather and bolted to wheel.

Usage: Provided softer ride on horse drawn carriages as a demonstration, one ran for 1,200 miles.

Trivia: Thompson also invented a self filling fountain pen.