Photos: Keeping watch with unmanned aircraft

Photos: Keeping watch with unmanned aircraft

Summary: UAVs prowl the skies over Iraq and along the border of Mexico--and they might soon fly more widely in U.S. airspace.

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  • Predator UAV

    The Air Force describes the Predator UAV as a "medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft." It can carry two laser-guided Hellfire anti-tank missiles. It's been used on air strikes against suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Cruising speed is 84 mph with an endurance of 16 to 40 hours.

  • Reconnaissance simulation

    This Predator UAV is shown above the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on a simulated Navy aerial reconnaissance flight off the coast of southern California. This was the Predator's first maritime mission with a carrier battle group, and it was launched from San Nicholas Island off the coast of southern California.

  • UAVs on the big screen

    UAVs have already become Hollywood stars. The 2005 action flick "Stealth" featured a UAV with artificial intelligence nicknamed "EDI." After it's struck by lightning, EDI develops a mind of its own.

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