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RQ-180 Stealth UAV — Build your Own Unmanned U.S. Air Force Drone

RQ-180 Stealth UAV — Build your Own Unmanned U.S. Air Force Drone

I have always been fascinated by flying wings that seem to defy flight as we know it. I was looking for an airframe to use for first-person-view experiments and the advantages of a flying wing kept coming up. Then I read about the RQ-180, the U.S. Air Force’s newest top secret intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). With a wingspan that could reach 130 feet, the R-180 was developed in secret by Northrop Grumman under the Air Force’s classified budget.

Design and Text by Earl Aune

Published in the July 2017 issue of MAN, the RQ-180 has gained some interest, ...

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