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Behold: The CIA's Project Aquiline, a bird shape drone intended to work with U2s.

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posted on Jul, 30 2020 @ 07:45 PM
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In the late 1960sm the CIA sought to create a drone. One that looked a bit like a bird. It was even decorated as a bird. The hope was to collect photographic and sensor data. Or even to drop sensor packages in contested environments. The UAV only had a 7.5 foot wingspan and a 5 ft length, so whatever it was dropping was small.



It was remotely operated and had a tv camera in the nose. The drone would send data up to a U2R and eventually to have a satellite relay. The targets were meant to be the Soviet Union, China and Cuba. China's Lop Nur was one of those targets.

For those of us living a good 50 odd years later, you can see where the concepts for the predator, etc. developed first. Even the vaunted manned-unmanned teaming: everything old is new again. You can also see the technology had a long way to go before what they had in mind was actually doable.

You can read the whole thing yourself:

www.cia.gov...




posted on Jul, 30 2020 @ 07:47 PM
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a reply to: anzha

Flying wings rule. But that just looks evil.

Thank you Horten brothers.

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posted on Jul, 30 2020 @ 07:50 PM
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a reply to: Phage

Jack Northrop is very annoyed with your post.



posted on Jul, 30 2020 @ 07:52 PM
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a reply to: anzha

Jack can bite me.



posted on Jul, 30 2020 @ 07:53 PM
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a reply to: Phage

If he does, you've got a zombie bite and that would mildly suck.

Northrop did flying wings before the Hortens.



posted on Jul, 30 2020 @ 07:54 PM
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a reply to: anzha

I'll be needing a source.
Concurrent, perhaps. But the Hortens were oh so much more bitchin'. Gliders and stuff.

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posted on Jul, 30 2020 @ 08:09 PM
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Jack Northrop became involved with all-wing aircraft designs in the late-1920s, with his first Flying Wing being built in the 1928–1930 time period. That first prototype, the 1929 Flying Wing X-216H, evolved from earlier design studies.


en.wikipedia.org...

Hortens started in 1934.



posted on Jul, 30 2020 @ 08:13 PM
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X-216H had a tail. And was ugly as sin.

Your source:

At about this same time, Jack Northrop became aware of Walter and Reimar Horten's prewar record-setting "tailless" flying wing glider designs being tested in Germany beginning in 1934.[3]


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posted on Jul, 31 2020 @ 05:01 AM
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Ornithopters have come a long way since then..



posted on Jul, 31 2020 @ 06:57 AM
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Northrop was flying powered flying wings when the Horten's were flying gliders. He was already working on the XB-35 before the Horten's were flying powered flights.



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