The Ryan Firebee is widely considered the first true UAV developed by the US military, however, it was far from their first attempt. Take Operation Aphrodite, which loaded B-17s with high explosives and remotely crashed them into enemy targets, for instance. This early UAV program wasn't just an abject failure, it may…
If you are a fan of aviation or just beautiful design you should attend the Aluminum Overcast tour: this perfectly preserved B-17 Flying Fortress will touch down on airports all over the American North East so you can fly in it. Here are the dates and cities.
In 1944, Joseph Kennedy Jr. (older brother of JFK) took off from a British airfield in a B-24 Liberator filled with 20,000 pounds of explosives. He'd volunteered for the mission. It would be his last.