Antedating of "drone" (noun)

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 1 20:44:56 UTC 2013

drone, remote-control pilotless aircraft/missile (OED: 25th June 1946)

Popular Science Monthly, 1st February 1946, "Doom on the Wing", James L.H. Peak:
Such tests and subsequent research led to the perfection of radio-control methods that
permitted fliers to guide larger "drones," and even Fortress and Liberator bombers, from
mother planes.

This is in the "February" issue. According to the January issue's classified section, the
February issue was due on sale February 1st.


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