A deployed group of airborne vehicles (AV) provide relay communication service among mobile and airborne customers by using a directed phased array antenna (PAA). The PAAs provide broadband communication with mobile customers. Each AV has a wireless link to one or more neighboring AVs forming an airborne inter-networked mesh constellation for routing traffic between mobile customers. The AV constellation includes gateway members that maintain high capacity point-to-point satellite or terrestrial base station links for communication connectivity outside the aggregate coverage area of the AV constellation. A constellation is managed by an operations control center whose duties include positioning and scheduling replacement of the constellation AVs and routine network management functions, to implement the rapidly deployable, broadband, mobile, wireless communication network.