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Grand Forks base boasts longest un-refueled flight by military aircraft

GRAND FORKS -- Global Hawk pilots at Grand Forks Air Force Base recently set a world record for the longest military flight without aerial refueling, the base said this week.

An all-female crew of more than 50 kept the unmanned reconnaissance aircraft aloft for 34.3 hours, landing Saturday. They decided to see if they could break the record as part of Women’s History Month, the base said.

Lt. Col. Amanda Brandt, commander of the 348 Reconnaissance Squadron, came up with the idea after noting that, with several women joining her unit, she would have enough for an all-female mission, the base said.

The mission was dubbed “Flight of the Lady Hawk.”

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