Tuesday, July 12, 2016

1970's CIA Dragonfly Spy - Ripley's Believe It or Not

In the 1970s, the CIA developed the Insectothopter, an unmanned surveillance drone disguised as a dragonfly.


  • The Insectothopter was the size of a dragonfly
  • It was painted to look like a dragonfly
  • It was powered by a small gasoline engine made by a watchmaker
  • And jets of gas were used to propel it forward
  • Because it was too difficult to control in even a slight crosswind, the project was abandoned