First unmanned helicopter deployed in operational service (Gyrodyne QH-50C)

Monday, January 7, 1963



Gyrodyne QH-50C equips the USS Buck to become the first operational unmanned helicopter drone.

It later served in a recce role off the coast of Vietnam with day/night TV/laser rangefinder sensors and weapons.

To see a video of the aircraft in service, click on this link.

Source: AHS Calendar, January 2009


Aircraft related to this milestone
Gyrodyne QH-50C Dash