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Meet The Grandfather Of Today’s Reaper And Predator Drones: The Ryan Lightning Bug
Operation Fire Fly was a 1962 test of the Ryan (later Teledyne-Ryan) 147D Lightning Bug drone aircraft modified to perform photographic reconnaissance. This film, produced by Ryan in conjunction with the Air Force, explains how each aspect and phase of the entire operation was prosecuted and how the Lightning Bug performed as a photo-recon platform. […] More