UAV (Drones) Inquiry Unit
Los Angeles Times. January 28, 1938, morning edition.
Before the U.S. entered World War II, research had begun on remote, radio-controlled airplanes. At first a result of the popularity of hobbyist model building, development began in earnest to build UAVs as targets to train military gunners in the Army and Navy. Reginald Denny, Walter Righter, and Paul Witter developed the first lines of these UAVs in California beginning in the late 1930s. By 1940, the Radioplane Company, which eventually became Northrup Grumman, came out of this activity. (Note the small size.)