Birds of Prey: Predators, Reapers and America's Newest UAVs in Combat

Overview

Although primitive unmanned TV-guided airplanes were used in combat during World War II, it is only recently that these machines have matured into the most significant new method of aerial combat since the beginning of contemporary warfare. The fact that onboard human pilots are no longer needed for these aircraft to carry out their deadly missions is fascinating for military enthusiasts and aviation historians alike. These remotely piloted vehicles are now re-writing the book on modern aerial surveillance and ...

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Overview

Although primitive unmanned TV-guided airplanes were used in combat during World War II, it is only recently that these machines have matured into the most significant new method of aerial combat since the beginning of contemporary warfare. The fact that onboard human pilots are no longer needed for these aircraft to carry out their deadly missions is fascinating for military enthusiasts and aviation historians alike. These remotely piloted vehicles are now re-writing the book on modern aerial surveillance and close air support. Delivering their lethal payloads with surgical precision, propeller-driven and jet-powered remotely piloted aircraft are guided by satellite, and flown by human operators located halfway around the world in air-conditioned trailers, isolated from the hostile combat environment of the aircraft themselves. While this book also covers the history and development of early-unmanned aerial vehicles, the focus is on all the latest impressive technology used in today's most modern remotely piloted combat aircraft.

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Editorial Reviews

Modeling Madness
It is a book that I have to say exceeded my initial expectations by quite a bit. It is interesting, timely and a book that I fully believe every aviation enthusiast should read. --(Scott Van Aken, September 2010)
IPMS
This title is a great read and addition to a modeling research library. --(Rob Benson, October 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580071536
  • Publisher: Specialty Press Publishers & Wholesalers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,452,222
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Yenne has traveled far and wide to research his topics and to shoot the photographs that have appeared in his books. He has flown in the jump seat of a B-52 and has worked with the legendary U.S. Air Force commander, General Curtis E. LeMay, to produce Superfortress: The B-29 and American Airpower in World War II, which Publisher's Weekly described as "an eloquent tribute". Yenne is the author of more than 75 non-fiction books on a wide variety of topics, from history to popular culture to transportation.

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