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All folded up, this tiny pilotless jet plane could roost inside the bomb bay of a B-52. Like a mother quail, feigning a broken wing to draw predators away from her nesting chicks, to an enemy's radar system the Quail appeared as a full-sized bomber, allowing the B-52 that deployed it to dive low and fly beneath radar, thus remaining undetected as it approached its target. I never worked on these little craft, but I often found myself perched next to one as I worked on weapons loaded inside an "alert bird."*


*A B-52 fueled and armed, capable of taking off within minutes of the appropriate DEFCON order.


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