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March 4, 2011 > Demonstrator showcases hummingbird-shaped drone

Demonstrator showcases hummingbird-shaped drone

Submitted By AP Wire Service

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP), Feb 25 - A project manager has demonstrated a tiny spy plane with flapping wings like a hummingbird.

Matt Keennon of AeroVironment showed off the high-tech device Friday to journalists at company facilities in Simi Valley.

The aircraft with a 6.5-inch wing span can record sights and sounds on a video camera in its belly.

Developers say it can perch on a window ledge and gather intelligence unbeknownst to an enemy.

The craft can hover and move quickly in almost any direction, a capability defense officials want in a small aircraft for intelligence and reconnaissance.

The craft was developed for a U.S. defense agency, but it's not clear if it will ever leave the lab.

On Friday it buzzed Keennon's head before landing on his hand.

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