- Associated Press - Friday, February 25, 2011

SIMI VALLEY, CALIF. (AP) - A project manager has demonstrated a tiny spy plane with flapping wings like a hummingbird.

Matt Keennon of AeroVironment showed off the high-tech device Friday to journalists at company facilities in Simi Valley.

The aircraft with a 6.5-inch wing span can record sights and sounds on a video camera in its belly.

Developers say it can perch on a window ledge and gather intelligence unbeknownst to an enemy.


The craft can hover and move quickly in almost any direction, a capability defense officials want in a small aircraft for intelligence and reconnaissance.

The craft was developed for a U.S. defense agency, but it’s not clear if it will ever leave the lab.

It buzzed Keennon’s head before landing on his hand during the demonstration.