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An Aphrodite assault drone at takeoff from a relatively remote air­field in Nor­folk, Eng­land. The drone carried a payload of 30,000 lb of Tor­pex, an explo­sive that was 50 per­cent more power­ful than TNT by mass. Drones required a pilot and a co-pilot because the remote control system was insufficient for safe takeoff.

NARA Ref partial 60799AC.



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Date Contributor Update
12 January 2016 14:49:07 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

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