pilotless aircraft

noun
an aircraft equipped for operation by radio or by robot control, without a human pilot aboard; drone.

Origin:
1940–45; pilot + -less

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Most of these are reconnaissance craft, but pilotless aircraft will also be the combat vehicles of the future.
His pilotless aircraft research is what he called it.
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