Drone Genealogy In “Predator to Stingray” (July 10-23, p. 39), acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley said that the MQ-25 Stingray is the Navy’s first carrier-based unmanned program. However, this is incorrect.  It is a little-known fact that the first armed drones were flown off of U.S. Navy carriers in combat during World War II. Armed with a single 2,000-lb. bomb or an aerial torpedo, the Interstate TDR was controlled mainly by a Grumman TBF Avenger. A camera ...


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