LT COL Harold "Red" F. Smith, Veterans Day Speech

AUVM founder, LT COL Red Smith, at Sachse's Veteran's Day program for 2015.  Ret. Lt. Colonel Harold Smith spoke about the drone program he was a pioneer in, starting in the 1960's.  An actual USAF drone that flew missions over Israel as a SA-2 Decoy was on display. 

BGM-34B RPV-007

At the 6:10 mark, RPV-007 comes into play. In RPV-007's fourth mission, Inert TV Mavericks were used. The first missile was a direct hit, the drone circles back and fires the second Maverick resulting in another hit! This is the drone AUVM is in possession of and is currently undergoing restoration.

BGM-34B RPV-007

At the 8:32 mark,  RPV-007 comes into play once again. This is the drone AUVM is in possession of. The 34B has two nose configurations: (1) The TV Targeting System for the Maverick & Stubby Hobo Weapons, (2) The Laser Target Designator Configuration for Mk 81 Self Propelled Air to Surface Munition, or SPASM.

BGM-34B- RPV-007

RPV-007 being loaded with Maverick and Stubby Hobo, Dugway, Utah. Our bird in the video up until the 7:30 mark.


BGM-34B Firebee, Ground RATO Launch. Unable to view which RPV it was.

Firebee Recovery- M.A.R.S

Fireebee drones were recovered Mid-Air! M.A.R.S.- "Mid.Air.Recovery.Systems"

Ryan Firebee BGM-34A Supression Test

  BGM-34A Supression Test 

1973- Firebee Air Launch and Mid-Air Recovery (MARS)


F 2002 Ryan Firebee Tests TAC multi-drone launch, Tonopah, Nev. 11/1973

Shooting at the Firebee

Firebee can't be shot down!

El Paso 1971_F 1843 Ryan Model 124/BQM-34A Firebee Drone UAV

El Paso 1971- BQM testing.

F-0936 Ryan BQM test UAV Video (1971)

Internal Warhead on BQM-BSM Firebee Drone- Impressive!

Ryan Teledyne Firebee- Multi-Mission Drone

Capabilities of Ryan Firebee UAV  F  973

BQM-74E "Chukar"

The Chukar drone, made my Northrop Grumman, launch and flight footage.


 This silent movie shot off of Iwo Jima in March of 1945 begins with target practice. At 1:30 a Radioplane OQ-2 target drone is launched as a gunnery target and shot down at 2:01. At 3:55 amphibious vehicles are shown at the beach along with LST-782. 

QH-50 Flying from USS BENNER 12/13/1963

 A QH-50C Drone Anti Submarine Helicopter (DASH) flies an Anti-Submarine Training Mission including a Torpedo drop from the U.S. Navy destroyer, USS BENNER (DD-807) on Dec. 13, 1963.

QH-50, Vietnam Drone

 Dubbed "SNOOPY", this QH-50C SNOOPY Flight shows typical operations from USS DeHaven (DD-727) in Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam on Aug. 14, 1967.  This SNOOPY QH-50C, DS-1377, returns after its TV antenna was shot off.