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Ryan Model 147 Lightning Bug. Specifications. A photo.
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Ryan Model 147 Lightning Bug. Specifications. A photo.

Ryan Model 147 Lightning Bug. Specifications. A photo.

 

Ryan Model 147 Lightning Bug - US military unmanned aerial vehicle developed in 1963, the company «Ryan Aeronautical».

The design of the US military unmanned aerial vehicle model Ryan Model 147 Lightning Bug began at the end of the 50-ies of the last century. This air means was intended for one single purpose - to be used as an air target. Despite the relatively narrow scope and specific application of this unmanned aerial vehicle, the Ryan Model 147 Lightning Bug project turned out to be quite popular, in particular, the device itself was operated from the middle of the 60-ies of the last century, up to the middle of the 80-ies of the last century, that Clearly indicates a great promise of this dron.

 

UAVRyan Model 147 Lightning Bug photo

 

Military drone Ryan Model 147 Lightning Bug has undergone its first tests in 1963 year, and due to the fact that the test run of the drone was a success, the project was approved by the US command, and in the same year began mass production of the UAV, which later repeatedly modernized and improved.

Over the entire period of production, the American designers created about 3.5 thousand drones of this model, however, due to obsolescence, these unmanned vehicles is not currently in operation.

Depending on the modification of an unmanned air tools, drone length of Ryan Model 147 Lightning Bug can vary from 6,7 9,2 meter to meter, however, due to good aerodynamic component, the device has good maneuverability and speed.

 

Photo droneRyan Model 147 Lightning Bug

 

Powerplant UAV Ryan Model 147 Lightning Bug presented turbojet engine, which allows the drone to reach a maximum speed of its flight in 850 km \ h. (Depending on the version of the device), while as the maximum range of the UAV flight distance is limited in 1720 kilometers, which is quite acceptable.

The following versions and modifications of the UAV model Ryan Model 147 Lightning Bug:

  • Ryan Model 147A Lightning Bug - The base case the drone;
  • Ryan Model 147C Lightning Bug - An improved version of the UAV Ryan Model 147C Lightning Bug, with an increased wingspan;
  • Ryan Model 147D Lightning Bug - A modernized version of the UAV version of Ryan Model 147C Lightning Bug;
  • Ryan Model 147B Lightning Bug - Variant with increased flying height and increased wingspan;
  • Ryan Model 147G Lightning Bug - An improved version of the drone, with the increased length of the fuselage and a new power plant;
  • Ryan Model 147H Lightning Bug - Modification with increased wingspan;
  • Ryan Model 147T Lightning Bug - An improved version of the drone Ryan Model 147H Lightning Bug;
  • Ryan Model 147E Lightning Bug -Improved version of the UAV;
  • Ryan Model 147F Lightning Bug - A special version of the drone used as a means of jamming;
  • Ryan Model 147J Lightning Bug - Modification, designed to fly at low altitudes;
  • Ryan Model 147TE Lightning Bug - A special version of the drone, used in Korea;
  • Ryan Model 147TF Lightning Bug- A modernized version of the UAV Ryan Model 147TE Lightning Bug, with increased flight range;
  • Ryan Model 147N Lightning Bug - A special version of the drone;
  • Ryan Model 147NA Lightning Bug - An improved version of analogue Ryan Model 147N Lightning Bug;
  • Ryan Model 147NC Lightning Bug - A modernized version of the version Ryan Model 147NC Lightning Bug;
  • Ryan Model 147NC M1 Lightning Bug - Modification, created based on the drone Ryan Model 147NC Lightning Bug;
  • Ryan Model 147NX Lightning Bug - A modernized version of the version Ryan Model 147NC Lightning Bug;
  • Ryan Model 147NP Lightning Bug - Alternatively, exploited for intelligence at low altitudes;
  • Ryan Model 147NRE Lightning Bug - Version, designed for reconnaissance in low or unfavorable visibility;
  • Ryan Model 147NQ Lightning Bug - Radio-controlled version of the UAV;
  • Ryan Model 147SA Lightning Bug - Version to fly at low altitudes, which has a shorter fuselage;
  • Ryan Model 147SB Lightning Bug - Modification of the drone, used to fly at different altitudes;
  • Ryan Model 147SRE Lightning Bug - Modification equipped Doppler radar;
  • Ryan Model 147SC Lightning Bug - An improved version of the UAV Ryan Model 147SRE Lightning Bug;
  • Ryan Model 147SC TV Lightning Bug - Modification equipped telemetry means;
  • Ryan Model 147SK Lightning Bug - Modification used to run from ships;
  • Ryan Model 147SD Lightning Bug - Version of the drone, equipped with advanced navigation system;
  • Ryan Model 147SDL Lightning Bug - A modernized version of the version Ryan Model 147SD Lightning Bug.

 

Specifications Ryan Model 147 Lightning Bug.

 

  • Length: 6,7 m (depending on version).
  • Wingspan: 8,2 m (depending on version).
  • Height: 1 m (depending on version).
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 350 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising flight speed: 500 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 980 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 1720 km. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight height: 12000 m (depending on version).
  • aircraft engine Type: Jet;
  • Powerplant: unknown;
  • Power: unknown.

 

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