1. USAF Has Lost 75 Drones Since 1999

    May 13, 2013

    According to U.S. Air Force records, there have been 75 crashes of unmanned drones since 1999, all but four of which have occurred since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Four of the crashes involved the RQ-4 Global Hawk drone, three have involved MQ-9 Reaper drones, and the remainder, 68 crashes in all, have involved the MQ-1 Predator drone. As of this date (May 13, 2013), there has not been a reported mishap involving an unmanned drone in over a year.

    These figures do not include the drones losses incurred by the other military services or the CIA since 1999.

    Insofar as the USAF drone crashes are concerned, while 14 of the mishaps have taken place in the continental U.S., most of the drone crashes have occurred in either Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001. According to the USAF records reviewed to date, 15 of these drone crashes occurred in support of combat operations in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom), and 32 of the mishaps were while taking part in combat operations in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom). Five of the crashes have occurred at classified locations in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR), and five drones have been lost in crashes taking off or landing from the East African nation of Djibouti, which falls under the rubric of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).

    The following is a chronological listing of all USAF unmanned drone losses that I am aware of. If anyone can fill in the blanks, I would be much obliged.

    December 6, 1999 RQ-4A Global Hawk Edwards AFB, California

    September 14, 2000 RQ-1L Predator Nellis AFB Range, Nevada

    October 4, 2000 RQ-1L Predator El Mirage, California

    October 23, 2000 RQ-1K Predator Dunavo, Kosovo, FRY

    December 30, 2001 RQ-4A Global Hawk Al Dhafra Air Base, UAE (OEF)

    January 22, 2002 RQ-1L Predator classified location (OEF)

    January 25, 2002 RQ-1B Predator classified location (OEF)

    May 17, 2002 RQ-1L Predator classified location (OEF)

    May 25, 2002 RQ-1B Predator Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait

    July 10, 2002 RQ-4A Global Hawk Shamsi AB, Pakistan (OEF)

    September 17, 2002 RQ-1L Predator classified location (OEF)

    October 25, 2002 RQ-1L Predator Indian Springs, Nevada

    January 1, 2003 RQ-1B Predator classified location (OEF)

    December 11, 2003 RQ-1L Predator classified location (OEF)

    June 14, 2004 MQ-1L Predator Indian Springs Auxiliary Airfield, Nevada

    August 17, 2004 MQ-1L Predator classified location (CENTCOM)

    September 22, 2004 MQ-1L Predator Indian Springs Auxiliary Airfield, Nevada

    October 13, 2004 MQ-1B Predator Gray Butte, California

    November 24, 2004 MQ-1L Predator classified location (CENTCOM)

    January 14, 2005 MQ-1L Predator classified location (OEF)

    March 27, 2005 MQ-1L Predator Balad AB, Iraq

    March 30, 2005 MQ-1L Predator western Iraq

    October 21, 2005 MQ-9A Reaper Gray Butte, California

    March 20, 2006 MQ-1 Predator classified location (CENTCOM)

    June 22, 2006 MQ-1L Predator Creech AFB, Nevada

    August 3, 2006 MQ-1B Predator Creech AFB, Nevada

    January 17, 2007 MQ-1B Predator classified location (CENTCOM)

    February 23, 2007 MQ-1B Predator classified location (CENTCOM)

    March 26, 2007 MQ-1B Predator Kandahar, Afghanistan

    July 30, 2007 MQ-1B Predator Balad AB, Iraq

    July 31, 2007 MQ-1L Predator Balad AB, Iraq

    November 29, 2007 MQ-1L Predator Ali Air Base, Iraq

    December 17, 2007 MQ-1B Predator classified location (OIF) (AFSOC)

    April 9, 2008 MQ-1B Predator classified location (OIF)

    May 2, 2008 MQ-1B Predator Ali Air Base, Iraq

    June 2, 2008 MQ-1B Predator Balad Air Base, Iraq

    June 12, 2008 MQ-1B Predator Kandahar, Afghanistan

    July 21, 2008 MQ-1B Predator classified location (OEF) (AFSOC)

    August 1, 2008 MQ-1B Predator Balad Air Base, Iraq

    October 19, 2008 MQ-1B Predator Ali Air Base, Iraq

    November 2, 2008 MQ-1B Predator Kandahar, Afghanistan

    February 22, 2009 MQ-1B Predator Balad Air Base, Iraq

    March 20, 2009 MQ-9 Reaper NMTC, Fort Irwin, California

    April 20, 2009 MQ-1 Predator Kabul, Afghanistan

    April 28, 2009 MQ-1 Predator Creech AFB, Nevada

    May 8, 2009 MQ-1B Predator Ghazni, Afghanistan (AFSOC)

    May 13, 2009 MQ-1 Predator classified location (OEF)

    August 13, 2009 MQ-1 Predator Balad Air Base, Iraq (AFSOC)

    September 4, 2009 MQ-1 Predator Kandahar, Afghanistan

    September 14, 2009 MQ-1 Predator Balad Air Base, Iraq (AFSOC)

    October 3, 2009 MQ-1B Predator Kandahar, Afghanistan

    November 20, 2009 MQ-1B Predator Kandahar, Afghanistan

    January 14, 2010 MQ-1B Predator unknown location (AFSOC)

    April 20, 2010 MQ-1B Predator Victorville, California

    July 28, 2010 MQ-1B Predator Cannon AFB, New Mexico (AFSOC)

    August 16, 2010 MQ-1B Predator Balad AB, Iraq

    August 31, 2010 MQ-9 Reaper Gray Butte, California

    September 19, 2010 MQ-1B Predator Kabul, Afghanistan

    December 9, 2010 MQ-1B Predator unknown location

    January 3, 2011 MQ-1B Predator Kandahar, Afghanistan

    January 14, 2011 MQ-1B Predator Djibouti

    March 15, 2011 MQ-1B Predator Djibouti

    May 1, 2011 MQ-1B Predator Jalalabad, Afghanistan

    May 5, 2011 MQ-1B Predator Kandahar, Afghanistan

    May 7, 2011 MQ-1B Predator Djibouti

    May 17, 2011 MQ-1B Predator Djibouti

    June 5, 2011 MQ-1B Predator Jalalabad, Afghanistan

    June 28, 2011 MQ-1B Predator Jalalabad, Afghanistan

    July 10, 2011 MQ-1B Predator Jalalabad, Afghanistan

    August 20, 2011 EQ-4B Global Hawk Afghanistan

    August 20, 2011 MQ-1B Predator classified location, Afghanistan

    January 30, 2012 MQ-1B Predator Kandahar, Afghanistan

    February 14, 2012 MQ-1B Predator classified location, Afghanistan

    February 21, 2012 MQ-1B Predator Djibouti

    April 14, 2012 MQ-1B Predator Jalalabad, Afghanistan

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