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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]

The TV series Archer refers to Operation Drop Kick as the codename of a CIA mission to take over a Latin American country.[5]

See also


  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, accessed December 25, 2008
  2. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Summary of Major Events and Problems: (Reports Control Syrnbol CSHIS-6) United States Army Chemical Corps, FIscal Year 1959". United States Army Chemical Corps. pp. 101–104. Retrieved 2013-12-16.
  3. Summary of Major Events and Problems (Reports Control Symbol CSHIS-6). United States Army Chemical Corps. 1960-01-01. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  4. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Memorable quotes for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb". Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  5. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Recap / Archer S 5 E 13 Arrival Departure". Retrieved 2017-12-17.

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