Find a drone on the beach? Feel free to keep it!

Via RCG:


"Finders, keepers: Marines say people who found military drones on NC beaches can keep them

By Associated Press
8:52 a.m. EDT, September 23, 2011

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — If you've ever wanted a military drone, you may want to visit Oak Island or Carolina Beach.

Folks at those beaches say they found the plane-like structures with an orange-and-white design Thursday. Officials at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point say the drones were used Sept. 17 during a live fire exercise at Onslow Beach.

Forty drones were used during the exercise.

A Marine spokesman says people can keep the drones or call the Marines to pick them up."


And here's an earlier report from people who found them.

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Comment by agmatthews on September 23, 2011 at 4:56pm

Comment by Jani Hirvinen on September 24, 2011 at 2:00am

Dad, let's go and get another one... :)


Btw. I think that is not MQM-170 Outlaw as outlaw has motor in rear and this one have motor in front. Which makes me wonder why?? Color scheme is same for sure.

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on September 24, 2011 at 3:56am

Since there is no payload (used for target practice) I suspect they need the front motor to get correct CG.

Comment by Paul Marsh on September 24, 2011 at 9:00am

I thought this was a  neat shot.  Griffon makes a variant of the Outlaw called the Boomer which is a target drone, but it also has a pusher setup.  I searched, but couldn't find anything on a tractor version.


Comment by Mark Colwell on September 25, 2011 at 4:40am

Any idea what AP is used, I am guessing MicroPilot ?

Comment by Ellison Chan on September 27, 2011 at 10:37am

They must carry a radar signature transmitter, since these things are made out of plastic, and so small, SAMs probably won't be able to lock on.  Unless, they're shooting these things down with M16s.  


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