Man, Not Monkey

Aviation Week wonders if the Navy is fully with the program when it comes to UAVs:

The Navy also worries about drone reliability and safety.

The Navy developed its first unmanned combat aircraft in the 1950s and 1960s. But the Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter, which operated off destroyers and frigates, was plagued by accidents and pilot error, and half were lost.

Cripes, guys, that was half a century ago. Glenn Curtiss’ first creations didn’t fly so well either, not that their failures predicted much about the performance of the jets the Navy was flying 50 years on.


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