DASH and I at the Carolina Aviation Museum, Summer '19
DASH and I at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, Summer 2019.

Hey, I'm Leah!

My favorite color is purple, I love running (shoutout to Hogwarts Running Club), and I am an AV/technology geek with a passion for unmanned systems. Overall, my favorite aircraft is the B-17G Flying Fortress, a WWII bomber, and my favorite unmanned system is the RQ-4 Global Hawk, a high-altitude recon UAV.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) from American Military University (thank you, G.I. Bill).  In August 2019, I began pursuing a Master of Science in Unmanned Systems, with a concentration in space systems, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The power of unmanned systems to accomplish tasks humans can't - or supplement what we can - is incredible.

The intention of this site is to document my educational/professional journey into the unmanned world. You'll find I.T. blogs from my time in undergrad, as well. Professionally, my aim is to commission into the Air Force as an RPA Pilot. Otherwise, my eyes are on the private sector - more specifically, the unmanned work being done at Northrop Grumman. Time will tell where I'll land.

Questions, comments, concerns - leave a note under any of my blog posts. I am a first year grad student, so my U.S. knowledge is currently limited... but not for long!


Image: We traveled to the Carolinas Aviation Museum on our way back from a weekend at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Here, I met DASH! QH-50 DASH (Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter) was the first military drone, coming on the DoD scene in 1963 (after a few iterations) as a response to the Soviet's nuclear submarines. This UAV was an anti-submarine helicopter designed to launch from a destroyer, fire two torpedoes OR a Mk 57, and return to the ship. These rotorcraft were also used for naval gunfire recon, and then adapted to carry small arms. 758 DASH airframes were built by Gyrodyne. As DASH advanced, cameras for recon missions were added.

Source: https://www.carolinasaviation.org/exhibits/qh-50-dash/