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MQ-1, MQ-9 showcased at Aviation Nation

Spectators get a closer look at an MQ-9 Reaper at Aviation Nation Nov. 11, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The public was able to get a close view of the aircraft while also being educated on its capabilities from members of Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Spectators get a closer look at an MQ-9 Reaper at Aviation Nation Nov. 11, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The public was able to get a close view of the aircraft while also being educated on its capabilities from members of Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Capt. Michael, 432nd Wing MQ-1 pilot, explains the capabilities of an MQ-9 Reaper during Aviation Nation Nov. 11, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper were among the many other fighter, bombers, and legacy aircraft on display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Capt. Michael, 432nd Wing MQ-1 pilot, explains the capabilities of an MQ-9 Reaper during Aviation Nation Nov. 11, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper were among the many other fighter, bombers, and legacy aircraft on display. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

A young girl laughs with her father during Aviation Nation Nov. 12, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The air show featured more than 10 aerial demonstrations and more than 50 aircraft displays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

A young girl laughs with her father during Aviation Nation Nov. 12, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The air show featured more than 10 aerial demonstrations and more than 50 aircraft displays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbird aerial demonstration team pass over an MQ-9 Reaper during Aviation Nation Nov. 12, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator attracted many curious spectators interested to learn how the aircraft worked and their capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbird aerial demonstration team pass over an MQ-9 Reaper during Aviation Nation Nov. 12, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator attracted many curious spectators interested to learn how the aircraft worked and their capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Spectators get a closer look at an MQ-9 Reaper during Aviation Nation Nov. 11, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Members from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, brought an MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator to the open house to display its capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Spectators get a closer look at an MQ-9 Reaper during Aviation Nation Nov. 11, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Members from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, brought an MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator to the open house to display its capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Young spectators wave for a photo during Aviation Nation Nov. 12, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The base hosted more than 300,000 people during the air show which featured more than 10 aerial demonstrations and more than 50 aircraft displays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Young spectators wave for a photo during Aviation Nation Nov. 12, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The base hosted more than 300,000 people during the air show which featured more than 10 aerial demonstrations and more than 50 aircraft displays. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Spectators enjoy an aerial demonstration during Aviation Nation Nov. 12, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The base hosted more than 300,000 people during the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Spectators enjoy an aerial demonstration during Aviation Nation Nov. 12, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. The base hosted more than 300,000 people during the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

A mother and her child enjoy an aircraft demonstration during Aviation Nation Nov. 11, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. More than 300,000 visitors attended the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

A mother and her child enjoy an aircraft demonstration during Aviation Nation Nov. 11, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. More than 300,000 visitors attended the air show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

An MQ-9 Reaper sits on display during Aviation Nation Nov. 12, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. An MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator were displayed at the air show. The MQ-1 and MQ-9 are both medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft capable of supporting persistent attack and reconnaissance in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

An MQ-9 Reaper sits on display during Aviation Nation Nov. 12, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. An MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator were displayed at the air show. The MQ-1 and MQ-9 are both medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft capable of supporting persistent attack and reconnaissance in support of global contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

Staff Sgt. Kenneth, 432nd Wing MQ-9 sensor operator, stands in front of an MQ-9 Reaper during Aviation Nation Nov. 11, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Kenneth, along with many other maintenance, intelligence and aircrew members of Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, briefed spectators about the capabilities and basic functions of the MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)
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Staff Sgt. Kenneth, 432nd Wing MQ-9 sensor operator, stands in front of an MQ-9 Reaper during Aviation Nation Nov. 11, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Kenneth, along with many other maintenance, intelligence and aircrew members of Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, briefed spectators about the capabilities and basic functions of the MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/Released)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. --

Men and women from Creech Air Force Base showcased the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft during Aviation Nation Nov. 12-13, 2016, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. 

Pilots, sensor operators, maintenance and intelligence career fields answered questions about the aircraft and their jobs as part of a static display. The display helped guests attending the airshow better understand the MQ-1 and MQ-9 capabilities and mission.

"We brought out more than 30 Airmen from Creech to connect with the people," said Capt. Michael, 432nd Wing MQ-1 Predator pilot. "We had two maintenance teams, one to assemble the aircraft, and one to brief the technical aspects of the aircraft and operations representatives to brief the mission and flying aspects."

Although the open house was host to many exciting fighter, bomber and many other demonstrations during the celebration of '75 years of Airpower,' the MQ-1 and MQ-9 drew considerable crowds.

The airshow hosted more than 295,000 people on the Nellis AFB flightline, giving plenty of opportunity for people of all ages who were curious about the aircraft and mission.

For some spectators, this was the first time encountering an MQ-1 or MQ-9 up close and personal. "I didn't know what to expect," said Barbara, a Las Vegas local. "It was surprising how it all works. These aircraft are unbelievably amazing."

Luis Carrillo, a Las Vegas local, explained he was impressed by all the technology equipped on the aircraft while his daughter Alliah, seven, said these aircraft are important because if someone is in trouble we can find and help them.

"It's important to bridge the gaps between common misconceptions and what we really do for the American people," Michael said.

The Predator and Reaper are both medium-altitude long-endurance aircraft, capable of persistent attack and reconnaissance capabilities in the support of global contingency operations.

The open house included demonstrations from other aircraft including F-18 Hornet, F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II, F-86 Sabre, C-17 Globemaster, and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. 

The airshow also featured static displays of aircraft such as A-10 Thunderbolt, C-5 Galaxy, B-1B Lancer, CH-47 Chinook, HH-60 Pave-Hawk, KC-10 Extender, P-51 Mustang, MV-22 Osprey and many more.

"Overall the response we had was positive," Michael said. "We definitely clarified and demonstrated both well-known and lesser-known aspects of the mission and instilled pride in the RPA community."

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