Operation Drop Kick

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Between April and November 1956, the U.S. Army Chemical Corps conducted Operation Drop Kick[1] to test the practicality of employing mosquitoes to carry an entomological warfare agent in different ways. The Corps released uninfected female mosquitoes into a cooperative residential area of Savannah, Georgia, and then estimated how many mosquitoes entered houses and bit people. Within a day the mosquitoes had bitten many people.[2] In 1958, the Corps released 600,000 mosquitoes in Avon Park, Florida.

These tests showed that mosquitoes could be spread by means of various devices.[3]

The 1964 movie Dr. Strangelove also refers to an Operation Drop Kick.[4]

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  1. ^ Rose, William H. "An Evaluation of Entomological Warfare as a Potential Danger to the United States and European NATO Nations", U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, Dugway Proving Ground, March 1981, via thesmokinggun.com, accessed December 25, 2008
  2. ^ "Summary of Major Events and Problems: (Reports Control Syrnbol CSHIS-6) United States Army Chemical Corps, FIscal Year 1959" (PDF). United States Army Chemical Corps. pp. 101–104. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  3. ^ Summary of Major Events and Problems (Reports Control Symbol CSHIS-6) (Technical report). United States Army Chemical Corps. 1960-01-01. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  4. ^ "Memorable quotes for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb". Retrieved 2008-12-28.