Work on the first ever Global Hawk to land at Robins Air Force Base is wrapping up.
Crews have spent more than two weeks refurbishing the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle.
Six days were spent prepping the aircraft, three days applying the new surfaces, two days placing tape and working on leading edges, and 4-5 days putting on stencils for the aircraft's final markings.
Workers stripped the aircraft's old paint, smoothed out damaged areas, and then repainted.
Global Hawk at RAFB
Tim Davis says the new aircraft did pose some challenges.
“Really concentrating on the aerodynamics of this, with our cargo aircraft it's corrosion control, you want to make sure you're doing corrosion control. When with this one, you're not only doing corrosion control, you're really looking at it from an aerodynamics standpoint,” Davis said.
Davis is a journeyman painter, which means he can work on painting any weapons system at the base.
He was also one of the workers sent to California to help prepare and train for the Global Hawk.
But for him, the work was personal.
“I have two stepsons that serve in the military right now. And for me, as a civil service employee of the government, I take pride in what I do and this is a very patriotic service I feel like I provide,” Davis said.
The Global Hawk collects intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data for the Air Force. Data Davis says is helping keep an eye on his sons.
The refurbishment will make the aircraft lighter and more aerodynamic, improving fuel efficiency.
Corrosion Control Section Chief Joshua Campbell said their success with the Global Hawk was a team effort by the entire Base.
“Including an investment in a launch and recovery element here permanently on station at Robins for us to be able to receive and launch these types of aircraft,” Campbell said.
The work is expected to end at the end of this month.
It is still unclear if more work involving the Global Hawk will come to Robins Air Force Base in the future.