Heron in the Hangar
Acrylic inks on canvas
1200mm x 720mm
I was fortunate to deploy to Afghanistan as an Air Vehicle Operator (drone pilot) with the Royal Australian Air Force. The term 'Drone' is a euphamism with the correct term for the whole system known as UAS - Unmaned Aerial System or RPAS - Remotely PIloted Aircraft System. The aircraft itself is called an Air Vehicle or a Remotely Piloted Aircraft.
The aircraft we operated were the Israeli Aircraft Industries Heron, which was basically a motorised glider capable of flights that exceeded 20 hours.
We would fly the aircraft and gather intelligence which we would pass to coalition forces.
The aircraft were hangared in huge, fabric hangars and would be prepared for flight by Canadian contractors who would have it ready for take off before dawn.
This image depicts a Heron in the hangar at night as the doors are opened ready for it to be towed out and prepared for flight.