Wave a tear-stained handkerchief for the drone that changed the face of air war: The Air Force won’t buy any more Predators. The Reaper drone is about to be in full effect.
This year, the Air Force completed its scheduled purchase of 268 Predators from manufacturer General Atomics, somewhat behind a schedule the service announced in 2008. By “early 2011,” says Lt. Col. Richard Johnson, an Air Force spokesman, “we’re taking delivery of our last Predator.”
February, to be exact, according to Kimberly Kasitz, a General Atomics spokeswoman. “We’ve actually had a couple of internal celebrations,” she says.
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More News On The End Of The Predator Drone For the U.S. Air Force
USAF Set to Take Delivery of Last Predator Drone -- Daily Tech
Air Force slowly phases out predator drone -- Defense Systems
So Long, Predator! -- Gizmodo