The inside story to Lightning Bug Drones during Vietnam War
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fireebee drones were recovered Mid-Air! M.A.R.S.- "Mid.Air.Recovery.Systems"
BGM-34A Supression Test
Ryan Firebee Tests, TAC multi-drone launch. Tonopah, Nev. 11/1973
Firebee can't be shot down!
El Paso 1971- BQM testing.
Internal Warhead on BQM-BSM Firebee Drone- Impressive!
Capabilities of Ryan Firebee UAV F 973
Lockheed X7-A test video
The Chukar BQM-74, made by Northrop Grumman, launch and flight footage.
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.
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.
The BTT, Basic Training Target, MQM-36. Launched by JATO/ RATO booster.