It may no longer be the latest in surveillance technology. The ultra-secret kit is in the hands of the CIA and will never put on display for TV crews.
Nonetheless the Global Hawk, operated by the US Air Force, is impressive.
It’s a pilotless plane with immense wings that costs around $200 million, and with the ability to fly non-stop for 36 hours, it plays a central role high above Iraq and Afghanistan, ceaselessly scanning for threats.
We were granted access to the air base in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where several of the Global Hawks are based.