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aug 22, 1849 - Austria sends first UAV to bomb Venice.

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In 1848, Venice struck a revolutionary war against Austria, so Austria blockaded Venice so that they would starve. However, Austria couldn't get close enough to shoot them. So in 1849 a young Austrian artillery lieutenant named Franz von Uchatius hatched the idea of launching balloons carrying explosives over Venice. The first attempt, carried out on July 12, 1849, failed because the wind was not in Austria’s favor.

pros: the begging of unmanned aircraft was opened up to the world.

cons: this particular design was very risky because balloons depend on wind, and wind is very unpredictable and can change in a heartbeat.

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Date:

aug 22, 1849
Now
~ 169 years ago
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