^ Yeah the AQM-34L & M low level recon versions sometimes came back trailing telephone & power wires, pieces of vietnamese jungle, and riddled by flak.
Programmer error, when they input a height of 20 feet instead of 200 feet, resulted in some of the most interesting imagery returned. One of these 20 feet flights was buzzing over Kep (the MiG's nest) when a MiG-17 on landing pattern came head on. The MiG grew larger and larger until it filled all the screen, but miraculously there was no mid-air.
On February 13, 1966 one ELINT Ryan drone sacrificed itself for the cause so that an accompanying RB-47H could get the signals data from the dreaded SAM-2 missile for the first time. This was one of the legendary feats in electronic warfare.
And the funny thing is, the drones even managed to "kill" MiGs
. The North Vietnamese were so eager to shoot down those pesky drones that more than once the MiGs ran out of fuel while on pursuit and the pilots had to eject.