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To Save Crews from Deadly Missiles Over Vietnam, The U.S. Air Force Sent Drones On Daring Suicide Missions

The Model 147T, a variant of the Model 147H with a more powerful engine, could climb as high as 75,000 feet. The Model 147T was the basis of the Model 147TE that Ryan Aeronautical developed specifically for recce flights along the border of North Korea. A Model 147TE is pictured here shortly following launch. Ryan Aeronautical photo

On Oct. 7, 2001, a U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator drone flying over Afghanistan zeroed in on a building CIA analysts suspected of housing Taliban leader Mullah Omar. The Predator launched a Hellfire missile that struck a vehicle, killing several of the mullah’s bodyguards.

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David Axe

David Axe

I write about war and make weird little movies.

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