Superman, Marilyn and Robot Planes

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, No It’s a UAV

I thought we should look into some interesting stories about the history of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) before we get into the sizzling high-tech advanced hunter-killer UAVs later in this series.

We started the series last week with Robot Planes Win With Northwest Nano an intro to Northwest UAV, a local designer and builder of UAVs. This week we assembled some lighthearted stories, photos and videos covering a little history of UAVs, Hollywood and other fascinating flights of fancy for Friday Follies.

So please come with me as we join Mr. Peabody (a smart talking dog long before snarky Brian) and his boy Sherman in the WABAC machine to travel to England in the early 1930s to meet Reginald Denny.

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Reginald Denny 1917

Reginald Denny and the Radioplane

The first large-scale production, purpose-built drone was the product of Reginald Denny. He served with the British Royal Flying Corps during World War I, and after the war emigrated to the United States to seek his fortunes in Hollywood as an actor. Denny had made a name for himself as an actor, and between acting jobs, he pursued his interest in radio control model aircraft in the 1930s. He and his business partners formed “Reginald Denny Industries” and opened a model plane shop in 1934 on Hollywood Boulevardknown as “Reginald Denny Hobby Shops.” Wikipedia

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