The Model 147T, a variant of the Model 147H with a more powerful engine, could climb as high as 75,000 feet. The Model 147T was the basis of the Model 147TE that Ryan Aeronautical developed specifically for recce flights along the border of North Korea. A Model 147TE is pictured here shortly following launch. Ryan Aeronautical photo

An excerpt from ‘Drone War: Vietnam’

A Model 147SK launches from USS ‘Ranger’ in 1970. U.S. Navy photo

An excerpt from ‘Drone War: Vietnam’

A Model 147SK launches from USS ‘Ranger’ in 1970. U.S. Navy photo

An excerpt from ‘Drone War: Vietnam’

Various subvariants of the Model 147S flew more than half of all Lightning Bug sorties between December 1967 and the end of the war in 1972. The four longest-serving Lightning Bugs were Model 147SCs, most notably ‘Tom Cat,’ which completed 68 missions, compared to just three missions for the typical Lightning Bug. Teledyne Ryan photo

An excerpt from ‘Drone War: Vietnam’

Various subvariants of the Model 147S flew more than half of all Lightning Bug sorties between December 1967 and the end of the war in 1972. The four longest-serving Lightning Bugs were Model 147SCs, most notably ‘Tom Cat,’ which completed 68 missions, compared to just three missions for the typical Lightning Bug. Teledyne Ryan photo

The Model 147T, a variant of the Model 147H with a more powerful engine, could climb as high as 75,000 feet. The Model 147T was the basis of the Model 147TE that Ryan Aeronautical developed specifically for recce flights along the border of North Korea. A Model 147TE is pictured here shortly following launch. Ryan Aeronautical photo

Vaccine in production at Pfizer’s Kalamazoo plant. Pfizer photo

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Mike Amason in LECTION. Defiant Productions capture

Mike Amason plays the mayor in LECTION. He also helped produce the film and oversaw construction, props and transportation.

David Axe

I write about war and make weird little movies.

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