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  • When Bad Things Happen to Good Reporters
    Posted by Bettina Chavanne 6:20 PM on Feb 17, 2009

    What's got a wingspan of 130.9 feet, is 47.6 feet long and flies at an altitude of 60,000 feet?

    Not this thing...

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    (photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman)

    Unfortunately, somebody at a San Diego NBC affiliate mixed up some B-roll from Northrop Grumman with a story line about fighting forest fires using unmanned aerial vehicles. The problem is, the "fire" in forest fire somehow ended up confused with the "fire" in Fire Scout (that little unmanned vertical takeoff vehicle in the above photograph, of course). The UAV really doing the fire scouting is the much larger and far higher-flying Global Hawk.

    blog post photo

    (photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman)

    Here's what happened...

    Tags: ar99, Global Hawk, Fire Scout, Northrop Grumman

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