Global Hawk to make historic first flight to Robins Published May 5, 2017 By Roland Leach 78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The first flight of an RQ-4 Global Hawk coming to Robins is scheduled for May 10. The arrival of this unmanned aerial vehicle marks the first time an aircraft of this type has flown to an Air Force air logistics complex. This initial aircraft is arriving for depaint/paint refurbishment. Plus, the establishment of a building-based Launch and Recovery Element will allow for launch, landing and ground recovery operations of the aircraft – all new to Robins. Robins will provide an organic paint capability. This work is necessary to prevent corrosion and deterioration of the aircraft to keep it operating at full mission performance. The RQ-4 Global Hawk has become a critical asset to combatant commanders who use this aerial platform for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions necessary to root out ISIS targets. It provides a clear picture of enemy positions in a battle management arsenal to effectively integrate with other aircraft and ground assets to prevail over hostile forces. This Global Hawk workload further cements Robins Air Force Base as a vital mission capability in support of Air Force and Defense Department operations worldwide.