The Law: The Unfriendly Skies

Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Residents of Birmingham, Ala., who observed a strange object buzzing some 160 ft. above an open field recently knew only that it was not Superman. Actually, the small oddball aircraft winging at 60 m.p.h. was Jefferson County's new law-enforcement weapon out for a test flight. Designed and built out of balsa wood and plastic by sheriffs deputies (who are also model-airplane buffs), the new gadget patrolling the skies was a pilotless plane remotely controlled from the ground. The 8-lb. airborne arsenal can carry up to...

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