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North Dakota's National Guard gets 2 unmanned aircraft

An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft performs aerial maneuvers over Creech Air Force Base, Nev., June 25, 2015.

CORY D. PAYNE/U.S. AIR FORCE

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 13, 2017

FARGO, N.D. — The North Dakota National Air Guard's 119th Wing will receive two unmanned aircraft this summer.

The National Guard says the move part of the U.S. Air Force's larger plan to upgrade its remotely piloted capability.

The aircraft is the MQ-9 Reaper, a multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance precision attack and reconnaissance aircraft.

Wing Commander Col. Britt Hatley says the move also means the Happy Hooligans will return to the skies above Fargo. This will mark the first time military aircraft will be in the area since the last C-211 Lear Jet left in August 2014.

The North Dakota Air Guard says it will use the new aircraft for training purposes.

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