Presentation by pilot of Navy's ScanEagle drone used in famous
Maersk Alabama hostage rescue

SEATTLE, Jan. 14, 2014--Pilot Andrew Lohmar led the team in control of the Museum's ScanEagle drone during the 2009 Navy rescue mission of MV Maersk Alabama captain Richard Phillips. On Jan. 25 at 2:30 p.m., Lohmar will talk about the dramatic rescue mission and the operation of surveillance drones. The program is free with admission to the Museum.

Andrew Lohmar, ScanEagle Pilot
A Boeing employee since 2005, Lohmar joined the company's Flight Operations Department in 2006 as a Light Aircraft Support pilot where he was assigned to the ScanEagle Program as a Site Lead, and served in this role through 2011. His first deployment was to southern Iraq to support the U.S. Navy, where he led a two-site operation to provide aerial surveillance and security to the Iraqi Oil Platforms in the Northern Arabian Gulf. In 2008, he led a ScanEagle team onboard the USS Oak Hill, that deployed to the Gulf of Oman with a primary mission of pirate and smuggling interdiction. In 2009 he lead a team onboard the USS Bainbridge in response to the Maersk Alabama hostage incident.

In 2010 and again in 2011, Lohman supported a new division within Boeing called Network Tactical- Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR). NT-ISR was formed to develop manned ISR assets as well as integrate cutting edge payloads into Boeing's existing aerial system. Throughout 2010-2011, Lohman was also deployed several times to Northern Iraq with ScanEagle to support the Special Operations Command. He now manages a new Engineering Integrations group supporting Boeing's Wide Body Delivery Center in Everett.

The Museum of Flight ScanEagle Exhibit
A historic ScanEagle drone aircraft used in a widely publicized hostage rescue mission - and the subject of the major motion picture, "Captain Phillips" - is on permanent exhibit at The Museum of Flight. The 44 lb. aircraft is displayed with the three shell casings from the Navy sniper bullets used to kill Capt. Richard Phillips' captors.

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