Hellfire Missile Pylons, General Atomics MQ-1L Predator A


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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Hellfire Missile Pylons, General Atomics MQ-1L Predator A

Collection Item Summary:

The Predator can provide near real-time reconnaissance using a satellite data link system and perform attack missions as well. It served over the Balkans and Afghanistan and during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. The most historic use of the Predator/Hellfire missile combination occurred when CIA ground forces directed attacks against al Qaeda forces during the opening months of the war on terrorism.

This U.S. Air Force Predator was one of the first three UAVs to fly operational missions over Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It went on to fly 196 combat missions in Afghanistan. It was also the first Predator to test fire the Hellfire missile, and the first UAV to fire Hellfire missiles in combat. With modifications to its wing length, propeller, avionics, and engine cooling system, it has served as the prototype for subsequent MQ-IL aircraft.

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Physical Description

Satellite data link system, an Electro-optical/Infrared (EO/IR) stabilized gimbal containing two color video cameras and a forward looking infrared (FLIR) as well as synthetic aperture radar (SAR)

Credit Line

Transferred from the United States Air Force

Country of Origin

United States of America


Carbon fiber, alumimum, steel, copper, plastic, glass, rubber, paint


Overall: 6ft 10 11/16in. x 26ft 11 5/8in. x 55ft 9in. (2.1m x 8.22m x 14.8m)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum