Eagle Defeats Drone

Jun 04, 2014 9 Comments by

In a scene reminiscent of “Wild Kingdom,” an Australian wedge-tailed eagle decided it had enough of the pesky Kestrel drone that was being tested in the eagle’s airspace. It didn’t take long for the eagle to dispatch the interloper and fly off with it. Prior to the incident, the small Kestrel drone was testing a method of “surfing” updrafts around large buildings. Score one for the eagle!

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9 Responses to “Eagle Defeats Drone”

  1. garey says:


  2. owen says:

    dont you just hate it when that happens

  3. Jason Sosa says:

    That is not a kestrel drone. It is a Dream Flight Alula side arm launch RC glider. One of my favorite RC gliders of all time.

  4. bugle6 says:

    It’s not a “drone”… It’s a remote controlled aircraft, commonly called an airplane.

  5. Bill Skoros says:

    Doesn’t look like a ‘drone’ to me but a radio controlled glider.

    • jd says:

      Is the popular consensus now considering everything with a reciever a drone?

    • D says:

      Yep – Dreamflight Alula – DLG. Looks like there is a mod to the control system that may be attempting to autonomously influence gliding…

  6. flyguide7oe says:

    It is amazing to me that the editors of an RC magazine does not know the difference between a simple rc glider and a drone.

  7. Jon Smith says:

    it looks like a baited video look at 1:41

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