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Arizona Senator John McCain (center) wades into the crowd to shake hands at a campaign rally for Rep. Rick Berg's on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 in Grand Forks, N.D. Grand Forks Herald photo by John Stennes.

Sen. John McCain tours UND's aviation facility; says Grand Forks poised for UAS leadership

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The aviation industry is about to make a sharp technological turn to an era of unmanned aircraft systems, and Grand Forks is in position to be a leader the transition, said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

He toured UND's aviation facility at the Grand Forks airport Thursday.

"We are seeing now a transition that's as big as the transition the Wright Brothers saw at Kitty Hawk," he. "It seems to me the University of North Dakota is ahead of the curve."

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