Italeri ITA48157 USAF Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel Drone - 432nd Wing, Creech AFB, Nevada (1:72 Scale)
"That distance and that separation is there that prevents you from feeling that piece of the airplane, or maybe being as one with the airplane. But what it also does is take the risk out of you flying the airplane, so you don't have to worry about being shot down."
- USAF pilot of a Predator drone
The Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that Lockheed Martin developed and that the United States Air Force (USAF) operates for the Central Intelligence Agency. The USAF has released few details on the UAV's design or capabilities; defense analysts believe that it is a stealth aircraft fitted with reconnaissance equipment.
RQ-170s have been reported to have operated in Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom. The UAVs have been confirmed to have operated over Pakistan and Iran; operations over Pakistan included sorties that collected intelligence before and during the operation that killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011.
In December 2011, the Iranian armed forces claimed to have captured an RQ-170 flying over Iran; the U.S. military has acknowledged losing an RQ-170 in the region. On 13 December 2011, United States news outlets reported that a formal request for Iran to return the UAV had been issued. Iran denied the request and demanded an apology.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale diecast replica of a USAF Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel Drone that is attached to the 432nd Wing, which is deployed to Creech AFB, Nevada.
Back Order! Ship Date: November 2014.
Wingspan: 8 inches
Length: 1-3/4 inches
Release Date: February 2014
Historical Account: "Overseas Contingency Operations" - Creech Air Force Base is a USAF command and control facility used "to engage in daily Overseas Contingency Operations of remotely piloted aircraft systems which fly missions across the globe."In addition to an airport, the military installation has the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Battlelab, associated aerial warfare ground equipment, and unmanned aerial vehicles of the type used in Afghanistan and Iraq. Creech is the aerial training site for the USAF Thunderbirds and "is one of two emergency divert airfields" for the Nevada Test and Training Range.
In addition to the airfield, the base includes the "UAV-Logistic and Training Facility", the Joint Unmanned Aerial Systems Center of Excellence, Silver Flag Alpha Regional Training Center, and other military units/facilities.