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McDonnell TD2D Katydid. Specifications. A photo.
McDonnell TD2D Katydid. Specifications. A photo.

McDonnell TD2D Katydid. Specifications. A photo.


McDonnell TD2D Katydid - US military drone aircraft designed in the mid-40-ies of the company «McDonnell Aircraft».

Work on the design of military unmanned air vehicle model McDonnell TD2D Katydid been deployed by US experts in the field of aviation in the early 40-ies. The new device is intended for use as an aerial target, used mainly for the training of military combat air targets, as well as for testing modern air defense systems. Despite the fairly narrow scope of this UAV, drone proved to be very popular, and its operation was carried out until the early 60-ies, however, because of the secrecy of the project, the exact number of units produced official publicity was not given.

For its era drone possessed a very high flight-technical indicators, and that was one reason for the high promotion of this drone. With a relatively small size of the device, and the scope of its wings is only 3,7 meters, the drone has a high maneuverability, that in addition to improved handling, the device also provides a boost to the high flight speeds.

Powerplant unmanned vehicle model McDonnell TD2D Katydid presented Pulsejet, which is able to generate thrust in 0,24 kN., Which in turn, allows the drone to reach a maximum speed of its movement in 400 km \ h., While the maximum flight duration this UAV limited 40 minutes.


Specifications McDonnell TD2D Katydid.


  • Length: 3,4 m .;
  • Wingspan: 3,7 m .;
  • Height: 0,72 m .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 145 kg .;
  • Cruising flight speed: 250 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 400 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 50 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 4100 m .;
  • aircraft engine Type: Jet;
  • Powerplant: unknown;
  • Power: 0,24 kN.



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