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A drone ahead of its time - Argus As 292

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Drones aren't so recent after all. The Argus As 292 was developed in 1939 as a remote controlled training target. Following to its success, reconnaissance and a bigger bomber variant were proposed. 
Ultimately, the project was abandoned leaving the ground to the famous V1.
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Just an additional info: The British Navy conducted experiments with a drone, able to drop a torpedo, as early as 1917! And so called Queen Moths, radio controlled converted Gypsy Moths were used as target planes as early as 1938.
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nice one, on mine I added 2 panzerfausts totally fiction of course but fun to scratch build
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Cool! :) 
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First operational combat drone was the Interstate TDR that was utilized by the U.S. Navy. Was armed with 2,000 lb. bombs or torpedoes. Had around a 65% or so success rate but only saw around 2 or so months of active duty service due to the success of more conventional weapons 
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I bet it's German Nazi!
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correct :P
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The first drone was technically the Kettering Bug, invented in 1918, which used a similar system to what the V-1 used to determine when it had reached its target.
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Thanks for the info!
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No problem!
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