Drone Aircraft Lands in Salisbury, Maryland

Drone Aircraft Lands in Salisbury, Maryland

A Northrop Grumman RQ-4A Global Hawk aerial drone crashed in Salisbury, Maryland yesterday. The pilot was unhurt. Oh, wait ….

The U.S. Navy’s $176 million remote-controlled aircraft smacked into the ground just outside town, the largest infusion of government cash in Salisbury since the state plopped down a university there in 1925. This is the biggest thing to happen in Salisbury (“Crossroads of Delmarva”) since last week’s big WWF wrestling match.

Federal investigators and NCIS agents will investigate Monday’s aircraft incident before catching a Delmarva Shorebirds baseball game. 30,343 people live in Salisbury, 22,000 of whom clean chickens for Perdue Farms.

This incident is great publicity for aircraft industry shills promoting use of drone aircraft by US police departments. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are perfect for domestic surveillance except for their pesky habit of falling out of the sky, in one recent case right on top of a police car.

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Image (“RQ-4A Global Hawk Test Flight, Salisbury, Maryland”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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