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Global Vigilance Combined Test Force members prepare a Global Hawk remotely piloted vehicle to perform icing test flights. The aircraft was fitted with a 3-D printed nylon structure to duplicate the weight and drag of ice forming on wings and tail. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chris Higgins.)


Global Hawk icing test

Global Vigilance Combined Test Force members prepare a Global Hawk remotely piloted vehicle to perform icing test flights. The aircraft was fitted with a 3-D printed nylon structure to duplicate the weight and drag of ice forming on wings and tail. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chris Higgins.)

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