Drone “Mistel” of Nazi Germany, 1943
Distant defeat of the enemy with the use of guided weapons and saving lives has always been a priority in military strategists. However, the practical implementation of this military issue came up only during World War II. The first remote-controlled flying bomb was developed by scientists of Nazi Germany. The project was named “Mistel”. The first composite aircraft flew in July 1943. During the war, 250 copies of “Mistel” were built. Initially, the device was used against allied invasion fleet in France and the main base of the British Navy in Scapa Flow. However, these attacks have not led to a significant progress.