Invention is often perceived as an isolated event, attributable to a momentous “first” or to a single, patent-holding inventor. However, rather than questioning what qualified as the first drone aircraft or to whom the title as its “inventor” belongs, this article maps out the winding uncertainties of technical evolution— exploring how seemingly failed projects laid groundwork for the U.S. Navy’s first successful radio-controlled drone aircraft.
Callahan, Angelina Long
"Reinventing the Drone, Reinventing the Navy1919–1939,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 67
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol67/iss3/8