Book Review: A Historic Overview of UAS Development and Use in the UK

Despite a somewhat flippant title (Sitting Ducks and Peeping Toms), this serious, in-depth work records in remarkable detail the story of unmanned aircraft development and use by the UK since 1916.

Arising from research by the legendary Professor Archibald Low into wireless control of an aircraft’s movable surfaces, in the search for an ‘aerial torpedo’ to counter the threat of Zeppelin bombing raids, it chronicles the careers of a range of pilotless aircraft whose scope will, perhaps, come as a surprise to many who still think that the era of the UAV ‘began’ with the Vietnam war.

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