Monday, February 8, 2010

drones

These are some of the drones that are on display at the Air and Space Museum. They are smaller than I anticipated. They are sort of like a cross between a real airplane and a model airplane. They are steered by remote control and the bombs are dropped by that same remote-control technique. You can get a variety of views of the drones as you ascend the stairs. Once you get to the top of the stairs, you get a very close up and personal view of these flying machines.
These flying machines are not especially popular in Pakistan and Afghanistan, probably due to the indiscriminate way in which their bombs seem to land on civilians. Unfortunately, these civilians end up by being described as "collateral damage."

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