British Unmanned Aircraft: 1917 - Present
This presentation will consist of approximately 50 images of British unmanned aircraft from 1917 to the present day. From attempts at destroying Zeppelins in World War I, through unmanned target glider trials, to powered “Queen” aircraft, such as Queen Wasp, Fairey Queen and Queen Bee, in the lead-up to World War II.
This presentation will also cover post-war use of the Fairey Firefly, Meteor and Jindivik drones and the use of ship-launched aerial targets such as the Shelduck, Chukar and Mirach. Army target aircraft such as the MATS-B, Skeet and Banshee will be covered.
The myth surrounding the GEC-Phoenix surveillance UAV operations in Bosnia and Iraq will also be discussed as well as the UAV trials from 2001. Finally Michael will look at the current air vehicles, Desert Hawk, Hermes and Reaper.
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