Thursday, February 18, 2010

Operation Aphrodite - Remote Controlled Aircraft in 1944

Operation Aphrodite' was the World War II code name of a secret USAAF program that began in 1944. Pilotless aircraft packed with explosives were remotely controlled into their targets

The clip is from the History Channel program 'WEIRD WEAPONS' episode title 'THE ALLIES'. The DVD was released in 2005.  The Paradigm Shift
H/T Facts Not Fairies


  1. Dov Zakheim is Bin Laden.

  2. US military has been flying robot drone aircraft in combat since World War 1. Tesla was not ignored.

    US Air Force Museum Unpiloted Vehicles

    The Kettering Aerial Torpedo, nicknamed the "Bug", was invented by Charles F. Kettering of Dayton. It was developed and built by Dayton-Wright Airplane Company in 1918 for the U.S. Army Signal Corps. The unmanned Bug took off from a dolly which ran along a track. It was stabilized on course toward its target by a system of internal pre-set vacuum pneumatic and electrical controls. After a predetermined length of time, a control closed an electrical circuit which shut off the engine. The wings were then released, causing the Bug to plunge to earth where its 180 pounds of explosive detonated on impact. Although initial testing was successful, World War I ended before the Bug could enter combat. Fewer than 50 Bugs had been completed at the time of the Armistice. After the war, the Air Service conducted additional tests on the weapon, but scarcity of funds in the 1920s halted further development. The full-size reproduction of the Bug was built by Museum personnel. It was placed on display in 1964.

    Span: 14 ft. 11 1/2 in.
    Length: 12 ft. 6 in.
    Height: 4 ft. 8 in.
    Weight: 530 lbs. loaded
    Armament: 180 lbs. of high explosive
    Engine: One De Palma four-cylinder of 40 hp.

    Design speed: 120 mph.
    Range: 75 miles

  3. Everyone knew Joe Kennedy was being groomed to run for President in the Post-WWII era soon to end. "Something happened" with the "new box" no one knows what, but the Old Man had lots of enemies. We saw what happened to the rest of his sons, excepting Teddy, who I never could figure out, except for the booze, how he lived and worked with the murderers of his brothers. What a "family". Read some quotes from Teddy about a year before his death in an interview basically as to how the rest of us in the USA are fkd. It is there - - find it, he knew, USA will be fourth world country very soon, complete police state, Martial Law.