What is a drone?

Typhoon DroneSome of the first radio-controlled airplanes (drones) were developed in the 1930ʼs by the Radioplane Company. The military used these aircraft as flying targets to train and hone the skills of anti-aircraft gunners. During World War II, the Radioplane Corporation produced over 15,000 of these aircraft for the U.S. Army. Since then technology has improved greatly, and although the term "drone" is still commonly used in the military, we prefer to use the more current, and more descriptive term, Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

Show All Answers

1. What is a drone?
2. How do they work?
3. How will the police department utilize the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Unit?
4. When and where can the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Unit fly?
5. Will my privacy be impacted?