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Thursday, July 18, 2013

QF-4 Target Drone


When I was a kid a "drone" was an unmanned aircraft used for target practice by the military. Typically they were purpose built things, smaller and cheaper than a regular aircraft. These days "drone" means somebody's spying on you or aiming to shoot you down, and because they are wonders of modern electronics, nothing can ever go wrong. So it was a bit of a surprise to hear that a drone had crashed in Florida. Turns out it was an old style target drone, not one of the new whiz-bang death dealers. More surprising was that it was an old F-4 Phantom jet fighter that had been converted to remote control. I like the Phantom though I am not sure why. Possibly because it was number one back when I was a kid, or maybe it's because it's just such a beast (over 60 feet long and weighs 30 tons fully loaded).

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