The Drone Mechanics Didn’t Like Being Photographed

A war photo a day #28

The Drone Mechanics Didn’t Like Being Photographed The Drone Mechanics Didn’t Like Being Photographed

Uncategorized September 6, 2013 0

David Axe photo The Drone Mechanics Didn’t Like Being Photographed A war photo a day #28 Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction... The Drone Mechanics Didn’t Like Being Photographed
David Axe photo

The Drone Mechanics Didn’t Like Being Photographed

A war photo a day #28

Eight years. Seven wars. More death and destruction than I care to recount. I’ve been covering armed conflict since 2005. Every battlefield has its stories … and its unforgettable images. Follow me through my career at war, one jarring, haunting or sublime photo a day until I run out.

In the fall of 2009 I traveled to Afghanistan, where the U.S. was finally adding the tens of thousands of additional troops to patrol far-flung villages. A growing force of aerial drones supported the troops, spying on insurgents from high above—and swooping in to strike with bombs and missiles.

I visited the Air Force drone base in Kandahar, in Afghanistan’s restive south. The robots’ mechanics were civilian contractors, the kind usually paid more than $100,000 a year to perform tasks once assigned to young soldiers. Marshaling a Reaper drone back to its hangar, they scowled at me—unhappy being photographed at their jobs maintaining killer drones.