Air Force Drone

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ The Air Force says it is looking at South Carolina’s Shaw Air Force Base as one of three possible sites to station a ground control squadron for its remote-controlled Reaper and Predator drones. In a release, the Air Force said the move would put at least 280 men and women at the chosen site, but not the MQ-1/9 aircraft. Drones have become key to intelligence gathering and war operations. Acting as potential hunter-killers, they can hover for hours over targets. They do not place pilots in harm’s way because they are unmanned. The Air Force says other bases under consideration are Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The Air Force says it will announce a preferred location in December.

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