The Battle of Palmdale is one of those historic events that could easily spawn clickbait titles:
US Navy vs US Air Force
Drone vs Manned Fighter
Runaway WW2 fighter vs Rocket-armed Jet Interceptor
None of these would be a lie! On 16th August, 1956 a US Navy Grumman F6F-5K Hellcat a target drone went rouge over California and the USAF scrambled a pair of Northrop F-89 Scorpions to shoot it down. The F-89s failed to down the Hellcat but did manage to start a serious wildfire.
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