The Aviation Unmanned Vehicle Museum (AUVM) in Caddo Mills will host a presentation on one of the pioneers of drones, Reginald Denny.
The discussion will be led by Denny’s granddaughter, Kim Pucci, who wrote a book about her father, titled “’Prince of Drones’ The Story of Drone Pioneer Reginald Denny.”
Denny, who was British, was a gunner in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I. Later, in the 1930s, he opened a model plane shop and experimented with different designs, eventually winning a U.S. Army contract in 1940, for his radio-controlled target drone, the OQ-2 Radioplane.
While Denny was certainly a visionary when it came to unmanned aircraft, he was also a prolific film actor during the silent film era, and continued working in “talkies” as a character actor – often playing “comedic Englishmen” in American movies.
In a fun bit of trivia, Denny played the character Commodore Schmidlapp in “Batman: The Movie,” which starred Adam West.
Pucci’s book talk and signing will be from 1 to 3 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the AUVM at 4246 N FM 1565 in Caddo Mills.
Even though the presentation is free to attend, those interested in going are asked to register in advance, either online through Eventbrite at https://bit.ly/35HqJHF or by calling 903-200-1245.
AUVM’s founder, Harold “Red” Smith is a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air Force, who worked in Strategic Air Command. Since retiring about 40 years ago, he has collected more than 40 unmanned aircraft.