42d Attack Squadron MQ-9

42d Attack Squadron MQ-9 poster art.

The 42d Attack Squadron (42 ATKS) of the United States Air Force flies General Atomics MQ-9 “Reaper” Unmanned aerial vehicles and is currently stationed at Creech Air Force Base near Indian Springs, Nevada. The 42d oversees the training and combat deployment of aerial vehicle and sensor operators assigned to the Reaper“Come roll the dice with the Death Dealers”!

The 42d Attack Squadron, the Air Force’s first attack squadron and first MQ-9 Reaper Squadron, stood up at Creech Air Force Base, NV, 09 November 2006.  The 42 ATKS falls under the 432nd Wing, the first wing totally dedicated to Predator and Reaper operations. The squadron’s history goes back 100 years, organized as the 42d Aero Squadron on 17 June 1917, shortly after the United States declared war on Germany. Based at Camp Kelly, Texas, the squadron flight-trained new pilots as part of the Air Service.

The MQ-9 Reaper is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of remotely controlled or autonomous flight operations, developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems primarily for the United States Air Force. The MQ-9 and other UAVs are referred to as Remotely Piloted Vehicles/Aircraft (RPV/RPA) by the USAF to indicate their human ground controllers. The MQ-9 is the first “hunter-killer” UAV designed for long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance.


Design by Samantha Beaty

Location: Saint Louis, MO
Samantha is an Air Force veteran and an extremely talented illustrator, if you want to see more amazing art browse her portfolio.

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