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Ryan Firebee. Specifications. A photo.
Ryan Firebee. Specifications. A photo.

Ryan Firebee. Specifications. A photo.


Ryan Firebee - US military drone aircraft, designed in 1955, the company «Ryan Aeronautical».


Ryan Firebee photo


Work on the design of unmanned aerial Ryan Firebee model unit started by US experts in the field of aerospace systems and technologies in 1951 year. The new device is intended for use in the military field, however, for various reasons, it could only be used as a drone target used mainly for testing and missile defense systems, to train military personnel in the management of air defense systems, with test firing and exercises and al. Due to the high promotion of this unmanned aircraft, for the entire period of production large amounts of data drones were built, some of which continue to operate to this day.

His first flight of an unmanned aerial Ryan Firebee model unit has made in 1955 year, and due to the fact that the device has successfully passed all the necessary tests, it received approval from the military command, and was sent into production, which was completed in 60-ies of the last century.

UAV model Ryan Firebee equipped power plant consisting of a turbojet brand Continental J69-T-29A, who having thrust in 7,6 kN, is able to overclock the device to the maximum airspeed in 1110 km \ h., While limiting the range of repetition drone is 1280 kilometers.

Over the entire period of production, American manufacturers are several different variations and modifications of the UAV has been released, including:

  • Ryan Firebee - Basic version of the drone;
  • Ryan Firebee II - A modernized version of an unmanned vehicle;
  • Ryan Fire Fly - an improved version of the UAV;
  • Ryan Fire Bug - A modernized version of an analog Ryan Fire Fly.


Specifications Ryan Firebee.


  • Length: 6,68 m (depending on version).
  • Wingspan: 3,93 m (depending on version).
  • Height: 2,04 m (depending on version).
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1135 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising flight speed: 1015 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 1110 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 1280 km. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight height: 18300 m .;
  • aircraft engine Type: Jet;
  • Power plant: Continental J69-T-29A (depending on the modification);
  • Power: 7,6 kN. (Depending on version).



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