The U.S. Navy Wanted to Send Drones on Ship-Killing Suicide Missions

An excerpt from ‘Drone War: Vietnam’

David Axe
David Axe
Sep 12 · 6 min read
A Model 147SK launches from USS ‘Ranger’ in 1970. U.S. Navy photo

The U.S. Navy was a big user of Ryan Aeronautical Q-2C target drones, and Navy carrier battle groups operating in the Gulf of Tonkin borrowed imagery from the U.S. Air Force’s operational Model 147 Lightning Bugs flying from Bien Hoa in South Vietnam.