Flights & Fancy: When Bad Things Happen to Good Drones
- By O.H. Billmann
- Air & Space magazine, May 2001
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We were standing beside a series of hangar walls—nothing but concrete up to 60 feet and nowhere to run, with the airplane headed directly at us.
Bruno began running. This led him right into a concrete wall. He fell to the ground, got up, and proceeded to do exactly the same thing. And then exactly the same thing again: He ran a little way from the wall, looked up at the drone, turned, and this time went about three feet up the wall before falling. In his next attempt he got about six feet up.
The NOLO fluttered directly overhead, so close I could hear the wind whistling through its undercarriage. Then it crashed into a parking lot behind the hangars, about 200 feet from us.
Bruno’s climbs left black heel marks on the concrete wall. We later implanted brass markers shaped like little heels into the concrete to commemorate the remarkable feat. Bruno was often asked to repeat his achievement, but he always demurely declined.