A Report On “Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?” At The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
” One day in 1945, the crew of the aircraft carrier Intrepid gathered on deck for a group picture with what looks like a model airplane, not too much larger than the radio-controlled planes that hobbyists had been flying since the 1930s. It was a drone.
Named for the buzzing sound it made in flight, and manufactured in the thousands during World War II, it served as a remote-controlled target for gunners.
The toylike drone had a nifty feature. If the gunners failed to bring down the drone, an operator on deck could send a radio signal that released a small parachute, allowing the drone to float down, ready for pickup and reuse.”
” The real thing, on loan from the National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie, Ind., hangs overhead, an ideal Intrepid-based starting point for “Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?,” a wide-ranging, fascinating exhibition at the former aircraft carrier, now the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.”