Civilian and commercial drones in the National Air and Space Museum (US)

As reported by Bard College's Center for the Study of the Drone: 

"On Thursday March 19, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, home to such iconic aircraft as the Enola Gay, the Spirit of St. Louis, the SR-71 Blackbird (which travelled from Los Angeles to its final home in D.C. in 1 hour, 4 minutes, and 20 seconds), and the Space Shuttle Discovery, took delivery of something much, much smaller: a DJI Phantom I quadcopter drone. And not just any Phantom, to be sure. It was our Phantom I. That is, it was owned and operated by the Center for the Study of the Drone for its educational programs at Bard College. Though only a fraction of the size of most of the famous aircraft at the NASM, the Phantom I represents a moment in aviation history that is, by some measures, no less significant."

Full article here.

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Comment by Andrew Murphy on April 3, 2015 at 4:21pm

Wait.....Bard has a UAS program? 

Comment by Alex Lee on April 4, 2015 at 8:56am

Would like to have seen something made in America used instead. I mean, why the Phantom? Would have been interesting to see some cables hanging there with a picture of the phantom, with a caption saying something like, "it would have been here, but it flew away on its own" ..

Comment by T. CHOICE on April 5, 2015 at 8:05am
I agree,it should have been american!
Comment by R. D. Starwalt on April 6, 2015 at 3:47am

There are many non-USA items in the collection of the NASM and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Zero, Spitfire, Concorde, HERE is the collection of WW2 German aircraft.

-=Doug

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