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Drone training missions to take place over Onondaga, Oswego, and Madison counties

The Federal Aviation Administration has given the go-ahead for the Air National Guard Base to fly MQ-9 Reaper drones south of Fort Drum in the Syracuse area.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The Federal Aviation Administration has given the go-ahead for the Air National Guard Base to fly MQ-9 Reaper drones south of Fort Drum in the Syracuse area.

The Air National Guard’s 174th Attack Wing held a press conference Monday morning to discuss the move.

The drones will be flown in training missions over Onondaga, Oswego, and Madison counties.

They will not be armed, nor will they be used for surveillance.

They will continue to launch from Fort Drum.

Three years ago, the 174th shifted from F-16 jets to unmanned-aircraft operations.

The drones operated from Syracuse are used in Afghanistan.

The 174th also maintains an air-to-ground gunnery range at Fort Drum.

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