Without question, it was the Air Force that drove the history of unmanned aerial vehicles, according to a detailed history of UAVs from the mid-1950s onward written by Thomas Ehrhard, special assistant to the Air Force Chief of Staff, released July 14, 2010. Ehrhard's study, Air Force UAVs: The Secret History, was prepared for AFA's Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies. The Ehrhard monograph effectively refutes the widespread claim that white-scarved fighter jocks have traditionally resisted UAVs. Here, an MQ-9 Reaper, one of the Air Force's present-day unmanned aircraft, takes off from Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 27, 2009.
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