by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen
432 Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
7/28/2015 - CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada -- The
RPA MQ-1 Predator made its debut in Canada among 30,000 Alberta locals
in Lethbridge, July 23-25. It's the second time it was showcased at an
Fifteen Airmen from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, participated in the
2015 Lethbridge International Airshow and educated the civilian
population on the Predator's capabilities.
"We brought the MQ-1 Predator and members from different career fields
like maintenance, intelligence, sensor operators and pilots so we could
educate the public in every facet of the mission," said 2nd Lt. Joel,
11th Reconnaissance Squadron chief of intelligence. "We wanted to show
everyone that the plane is not 'unmanned' and it takes a lot of manpower
in every stage of operating the aircraft."
Among the high-flying maneuvers and exciting explosions of other
demonstrations, the RPA held the attention of many intrigued spectators
and at any given time and was surrounded by 25-30 curious parents and
The surprisingly large Predator which has a 55 foot wing span yet fits
in a 27' long, 4.5' wide, and 4' foot tall casket, was transported by
the 22nd Airlift Squadron's C-5M Super Galaxy and aircrew.
"It's a really cool plane, I thought it was a lot smaller but it's
actually quite big," said Wayne Burndred, a Calgary, Alberta, Canada
For most spectators, this was the only time they have seen the aircraft up close and personal.
"I loved seeing the predator here and being able to see it in person and
talk to the guys who actually operate it," said Doug Kakuschke, a
Brooks, Canada local. "It was great having the American presence here
again and I hope we can continue to have them participate in the years
"We were really well received by everyone," said Capt. Reed, 15th RS
pilot. "We really wanted to dispel any misnomers and put faces to the
plane and provide open communication to educate people on what we do,
which is ultimately saving lives, and I think we did that."
The 20-year semi-annual airshow included demonstrations from a Canadian
Forces F-18 Hornet, B-17 Flying Fortress, biplanes, and the Royal
Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
"Overall the airshow went great," Reed said. "It was a great opportunity
to work with our coalition partners and even Airmen from other U.S.
bases to develop partnerships and set the foundation for more
international events in the future."