A brief history of military drones.

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Probably like a lot of folk, I’ve regarded military drones as a fairly modern phenomenon and was surprised to learn just how long the military has been tinkering with unmanned aerial vehicles. I thought that perhaps the V1 would be the first military drone but it goes back further than that.

1917 saw the British use a radio-controlled aircraft as a target and in 1918, the USA trialled its aerial torpedo known as The Kettering Bug. This, in particular, can be viewed almost as a proto-cruise missile long before the V1 ‘Doodlebug’ fell silent and dropped on London.

Here’s the Imperial War Museum’s page on drones.
 

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