More than a decade after the U.S. Air Force officially confirmed its existence, details about the RQ-170 Sentinel stealth drone and its operational exploits remain extremely limited. Now, newly released documents offer additional insights into the deployment of some of these secretive flying-wing unmanned aircraft to South Korea in 2009.
The Air Force officially ordered the deployment of RQ-170s to Kunsan Air Base in South Korea on Sept. 4, 2009. Elements of 30th Reconnaissance Squadron, the only unit publicly known to fly the Sentinels, as well as supporting personnel from other units, first touched down at the South Korean base on Oct. 2, 2009. These and other details are included in records related to the RQ-170 that The War Zone recently obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.