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Currahee Shadow takes first combat flight

 

Written by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies
Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchThe CurraheesPakitka Province, Afghanistan – Soldiers from Company B, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, launched the experimental unmanned aerial vehicle, Shadow 200 Increased Endurance, for its first official Task Force Currahee mission September 8th.

“We are very impressed with the aircraft,” said U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Travis Baxter, the Shadow platoon leader and a native of Clarksville, Tennessee. “So far, we are the first in the U.S. Army to fly this aircraft in combat in Afghanistan.”

The Shadow 200 I.E. has several redesigned features enabling increased endurance during flights.

The updated Shadow now uses an electronic fuel injection engine and fuel system instead of a carburetor engine, said Baxter. “Using the fuel injection system allows us to fly the Shadow during the winter months, which had been an issue with the previous style of engine.”

U.S. Army Spc. Edwin Ortiz from Puerto Rico and U.S. Army Pfc. Kevin Batchelor from Crestview, FL, both Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle operators from Company B, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, maneuver the aircraft and control its payload during the Shadow's first Task Force Currahee combat mission in Paktika Province Sept. 8th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

U.S. Army Spc. Edwin Ortiz from Puerto Rico and U.S. Army Pfc. Kevin Batchelor from Crestview, FL, both Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicle operators from Company B, 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, maneuver the aircraft and control its payload during the Shadow's first Task Force Currahee combat mission in Paktika Province Sept. 8th. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Kimberly K. Menzies, Task Force Currahee Public Affairs)

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