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Pilotless Drones. Any Songs

GUEST,Fred McCormick 08 Jul 13 - 12:43 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 08 Jul 13 - 01:14 PM
GUEST,henryp 08 Jul 13 - 02:13 PM
GUEST,Triplane 08 Jul 13 - 02:57 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 08 Jul 13 - 03:05 PM
GUEST,Triplane 08 Jul 13 - 03:22 PM
GUEST 09 Jul 13 - 07:20 AM
JohnInKansas 09 Jul 13 - 11:14 AM
GUEST,Guest from Sanity 09 Jul 13 - 09:55 PM
JohnInKansas 09 Jul 13 - 10:18 PM
GUEST,Guest from Sanity 09 Jul 13 - 11:21 PM
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Subject: Pilotless Drones. Any Songs?
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 08 Jul 13 - 12:43 PM

I've been asked if I know of any songs about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), aka pilotless drones, such as are currently used in Afghanistan. For once the query has me stumped. Would anyone out there be able to help?


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Subject: RE: Pilotless Drones. Any Songs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Jul 13 - 01:14 PM

Maybe game DVDs might have songs about pilots sitting in an armchair flying bomb-carrying drones over Lower Slobovia.


I dunno.


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Subject: RE: Pilotless Drones. Any Songs
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 08 Jul 13 - 02:13 PM

There are one or two about V1 rockets from WW2.


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Subject: RE: Pilotless Drones. Any Songs
From: GUEST,Triplane
Date: 08 Jul 13 - 02:57 PM

How I Ake for Keith and Jim
It really keeps me in
Flying far away from their homes
My "computer aided " drones

Like Quixote and Sancho Panza
Tilting at windmills in evey stanza
I suppose it could be worse
They could wrtie it all in verse

Lurking high up in ether
Scoring points in evey blether
Targetting only minor points
Guided by no one who annoints

Homing in on the target "bull"
like a homing pidgeon they drool
Then a terrible noise does rend
As on the target they descend

With hot air the cat they blooter
From the comfort of their computer.
They brave no face to face duel
The 'lectric is their fuel.

In this era of remote
Their targets destroyed with a quote
or a bum statistic to win the vote
Her i have end this song i wrote

I could drone on to the moon
But cant think of a tune
So here Ill have to end it
Or guided epistle ,    will they send it

TTFN BvR


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Subject: RE: Pilotless Drones. Any Songs
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Jul 13 - 03:05 PM

Bound to hit the charts!


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Subject: RE: Pilotless Drones. Any Songs
From: GUEST,Triplane
Date: 08 Jul 13 - 03:22 PM

a Tom Lehrer musical style tune would suit

Ty Q Rhymes with darts
      perhaps


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Subject: RE: Pilotless Drones. Any Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Jul 13 - 07:20 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Pilotless Drones. Any Songs
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 09 Jul 13 - 11:14 AM

I don't seem to have any record of it, but long ago when gyroscopic autopilots first began to be almost practical as navigation instruments (1940 and before?) there was some contention over whether Sperry or Draper should be credited with the first practical navigational autopilot.

Although "mechanical" instruments are used only in the more "primitive" UAV/RPV vehicles now, nearly all such vehicles must have some sort of automatic stability and navigation control, so the history of such devices remains very much a part of current practice.

Popular lore, as usual uninfluenced by actual history, produced some stories attributing the invention of "the first autopilot" to a scientist(?) by the name of Tates. A couple of "songs" were known to a few engineers, or among frat rats in groups with heavy "engineering school" associations.

The gist of all stories and songs included descriptions of how inadequate the Tates Autopilot actually was, and all stories and songs invariably ended with the line:

"And that's why we say that he who has a Tates is lost."

I can't think of anyplace to look for a record of those, so they probably must (and based on musical quality should) be considered "lost traditions;" but perhaps the theme might suggest a new original creation by someone here (?).

John


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Subject: RE: Pilotless Drones. Any Songs
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 09 Jul 13 - 09:55 PM

Well, if they come up with one, there will be no soul in it!!

GfS


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Subject: RE: Pilotless Drones. Any Songs
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 09 Jul 13 - 10:18 PM

Contrary to popular opinion among those with lesser familiarity with reality, a Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) does NOT ALWAYS MEAN there are no persons onboard. The term AUV, for Autonomous Unmanned Vehicle, or UAV for Unmanned Air Vehicle are quite frequently misused to describe vehicles for which the names are not appropriate.

On the FIRST DRONE development program to which I was assigned, my initial instruction was to relocate the ash tray, install personnel oxygen, and redesign the seat to accomodate a parachute for "the man who wasn't there."

Vaguely similar ones appear to be still in use, although they're considered "a little odd" (?).

Several (large) special mission planes that actually do carry a pilot (for unknown purposes) fly the majority of most missions under automatic controls exactly like a UAV since automatic control gives more stable flight paths more accurately correlated to true position, ... but they still need a crew to flip switches since the right time to flip depends on where they get lost.

John


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Subject: RE: Pilotless Drones. Any Songs
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 09 Jul 13 - 11:21 PM

Well Chief, I guess you've got a lot of material to draw from...write the song! It might make 'retirement' a lot more comfortable...then 'redistribute' the royalties!
Ooops there goes anti-capitalism 'liberalism' right out the window!

GfS


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