The Wingman Drone was developed by Hammer Industries as a way to offer Detroit Steel air support. Justine Hammer first tested the Wingman Drones by having her daughter Sasha hold a meeting with a group of unsuspecting beta testers who controlled each drone using the Detroit Steel App. For this run, the app was only used to fly the drones around and crash them into targets placed in a desert to test accuracy.[1] A second small test was run when the app went live.[2]

The drones and the app were first used for their purpose during the demonstration of Stark Resilient's repulsor car, with a swarm of Wingman Drones being used to attack the race track in Seattle where it took place.[3] Iron Man and War Machine worked out on taking down the drones, drawing fire and providing cover while Rescue provided assistance on evacuation.[4] Iron Man lured the drones on a chase while Stark Resilient tried to hack into the regional cell-networks.[5] Hammer's plan was foiled before expected, as Maria Hill intervened and used her authority to shut down all cellular communication in the area.[5]


When deployed, a Wingman Drone is anonymously piloted by an unsuspecting user of the many that play the Detroit Steel App. While the user continues believing they are playing a game, their device is actually fed real-time streaming battlefield data. If a drone loses connection, another player is chosen at random to connect. The process was totally anonymous and untraceable.[2] The Wingman Drone was controlled through the accelerometer of the user's device. It possessed vertial takeoff and landing capabilities[2] as well as powerful ammunition capable of knocking down War Machine.[4]

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