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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]

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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. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£. "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. https://www.osti.gov/opennet/servlets/purl/16006843-5BAfk6/16006843.pdf=PA103. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  3. Summary of Major Events and Problems (Reports Control Symbol CSHIS-6). United States Army Chemical Corps. 1960-01-01. https://www.osti.gov/opennet/detail.jsp?osti_id=16006843&query_id=0. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  4. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£. "Memorable quotes for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057012/quotes. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  5. Republic of Égyptien Q42 user:mgbtrust0 ®™✓©§∆∆∆€¢£. "Recap / Archer S 5 E 13 Arrival Departure". http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/ArcherS5E13ArrivalDeparture. Retrieved 2017-12-17. 


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