International: Robots in Action

The stubby Grumman Hellcat, No. 1 Navy fighter craft in World War II, has long been outmoded by later propeller-driven types and by jets. Now the Navy has found a use for some of its old Hellcats: it has turned them into robots to punch the Communist enemy in Korea.

Several weeks ago a pilotless Hellcat, remote-controlled by radio, was catapulted from the carrier Boxer in the Japan Sea. For the first few minutes the robot's flight was controlled from the carrier's deck; then a piloted AD attack bomber, serving as a guide plane, took...

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