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Retro Vid: Drones Shooting Air-to-Ground Missiles in the ‘70s

by John Reed on March 23, 2012

In case anyone doesn’t already know it, spy drones have been used in war for decades and this video shows one of the America’s first drones launching an air to ground missile.

Yup, this 1972 film clip shows C-130-launched BQM-34 Firebee drones (first developed in the early 1950s) firing an AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missile and an AGM-45 Shrike anti-radar missile. Yeah, we’ve been firing air to ground missiles from drones for 40-years or more.

On Monday we’ll have more on the combat history of drones like the BQM-34, thousands of which saw service during the Cold War.

Click through the jump for the film.

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