In the sights of a joystick killing machine: Interesting article about a reporter’s impressions of the Predator UAV. The people flying these things over Afghanistan and Iraq are actually sitting in Nellis AFB in Nevada. It’s like the world’s most serious video game.
As I stood talking into a camera on a remote airstrip in Kandahar, a Predator drone circled the sky, putting me into its sights with its high-precision cameras — and just a trigger away from being turned into the charred remains of a Hellfire missile.
[…] Predators are not fast, cruising about 80 miles an hour. The rear-mounted propeller seems small for the size of the craft — what amounts to little more than a snowmobile engine strapped to a glider. It can fly for 20 hours at a time with a range of 450 miles on 100 gallons of fuel.