This Day in Aviation History

September 15th 1924
A Curtiss N-9 seaplane, equipped with radio control and without a human pilot aboard, was flown on a 40 mile flight at the Naval Proving Grounds, Dahlgren, Virginia. Although the aircraft sank from damage sustained while landing, this test demonstrated the practicability of radio control of aircraft., NRL First in U.S. History to Remotely Fly A Pilotless Aircraft:

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