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PQ-12

PQ-12

PQ-12 was a parallel project of Culver. US Army aviation, watching the tests PQ-8, suggested that a development company to create a radio-controlled device of the same class. After some arrangements to transfer the project company Fleetwings. They drone was much smaller than analog. The standard chassis was replaced over the three fixed to the nose wheel. As the power plant decided to use the engine Lycoming O-435-5 225 liters with power. with. Additionally, designers have provided a theoretical arrangement of the pilot in the cockpit single open, but in practice only aircraft operated by radio.

HPQ-12, his first prototype, which ordered the end of the year 1941, was never built. But representatives of the USAAF ordered re-experienced a modified copy of HPQ-12A 8 and pre-production YPQ-12A. All ordered aircraft were made in 1942 year and delivered to the customer. In addition, the developer offered to build another 40 machines, but mass production has not begun, because by the time the customer is no longer needed the same type of unmanned vehicles in such numbers.

The remaining units were built over by the government as the bomb carriers. In place of the pilot placed a 225-pound bomb. Guidance was carried out on the radio. A year later, in October 2 aircraft began to take tests using television cameras. The tests, though not crowned with complete success, yet gave some results, which are widely used in the other unmanned vehicles - Fleetwings BQ-1 \ BQ-2.

PQ-12. Characteristics:



Modification YPQ-12
Wingspan, m 8.90
Length, m 5.40
Height, m 2.20
Wing area, m2  
Weight, kg  
null  
takeoff  
engine's type 1 PD Lycoming O-435-5
Power, hp X 1 225
Maximum speed km / h  
Practical range, km  
Practical ceiling, m  

 

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