EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- A man fishing about 60 miles offshore from Tampa, Fla., on Sunday spotted something unusual: A BQM-167 drone out of Tyndall Air Force Base.

Instead of calling the Coast Guard in Mobile, Ala. -- which is what the Air Force recommends when people see such objects in the Gulf -- the fisherman towed the drone ashore to Madeira Beach.

The BQM-167 belongs to the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, a tenant unit at Tyndall, and was lost March 10 due to an engine flameout during a routine training exercise, the Air Force said in a news release.

MacDill's Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians secured the drone and a team from the 82nd is expected to retrieve it this week, the Air Force said.

Now it makes me wonder how many more are down in the depths, if only I could find some sort of cheap open source based boat with a sonar on it so I could look.

Reading a little more I see they are water recoverable, so I guess the airforce was looking for it.
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  • This story reminds me of the Snark. It was a intercontinental cruise missile which used the stars for guidance... did it work... well no, at the time there was a joke saying that the waters near cape cape canaveral were infested with Snarks.
  • Geeks
  • OMG - coding humor - and worse yet...I got the joke.
  • Developer
    And in case that is not enough you can use a "double float".
  • An open source boat?!


    That's GPL by the way so I don't mind you using it.
  • Similar booty to be had in Cardigan Bay for enterprising boaty types.
  • Developer
    Hey, that's just what I need for my drone - Rocket Assisted Take Off!
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