LEZLIE STERLING/lsterling@sacbee.com

A member of the ground crew at Beale Air Force Base uploads flight plans via computer onto a Global Hawk drone recently. These drones, unlike the Reaper and Predator drones, are not armed. Beale's drones fly about 12 missions each month, and they share reconnaissance work with a fleet of manned U-2 airplanes, also based there.

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