1. History and Overview

  1. Paul Gerin Fahlstrom1 and
  2. Thomas James Gleason2

Published Online: 28 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118396780.ch1

Introduction to UAV Systems: Fourth Edition

Introduction to UAV Systems: Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Fahlstrom, P. G. and Gleason, T. J. (2012) History and Overview, in Introduction to UAV Systems: Fourth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118396780.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    UAV Manager US Army Material Command (ret), USA

  2. 2

    Gleason Research Associates, Inc, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 24 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119978664

Online ISBN: 9781118396780



  • World War I;
  • World War II;
  • Kettering Bug;
  • Afghanistan;
  • Iraq;
  • Bosnia;
  • Vietnam;
  • Pioneer;
  • Aquila;
  • Iraq


The early history of unmanned aerial system began with balloon and kite systems in the late 1800s and progressed through early unmanned aircraft in World War I through a number of unmanned aerial systems developed and used during World War II as weapons. Systems that were recognizable early versions of what are now called UAVs appeared in the 1980s. A complete UAV system has a number of major sub-systems that form the basis for the general organization of this book and are described in a generic manner in this chapter.