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The U.S. Air Force's Global Hawk has a staggering stat sheet: the unmanned aircraft flies itself, reaches altitudes of more than 60,000 feet—about 20,000 feet higher than commercial jets—and can stay up for more than 30 hours without refueling. The high performance aircraft demands extraordinary power, and Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis delivers it. The manufacturer builds the Global Hawk's engine, and the U.S. Air Force has recognized Rolls-Royce for making it so reliable, the military can "fly it and forget it."
The opening of a bridge spanning the White River in 1834 marked the completion of the 156-mile National Road stretching across Indiana from Wayne County in the east to Terre Haute in the west, and set the stage for the state's eventual designation as the "Crossroads of America."
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