One of the first radio-controlled models of manned spacecraft designed in the US, is a target drone A-8 of Culver. In 41-year USAAC designers held a competition among the best UAV. As a result, the first place took a light single-engine plane LCA "Kadet". Thus it was simplified commissioning of new equipment into operation. This machine has been nizkoplanom with retractable landing gear. Plumage - single-fin and engine About-200 from the company Continental (Franklin).

The prototype was designated as A-8. The following prototypes codified as the HPQ-8. Air Force ordered 200-8 HPQ units and the same HPQ-8A. The second type of model is equipped with an engine Lycoming O-290. At the end of 1941, the US Navy took samples for one HPQ-8A the army to carry out training activities gunners. A year later the Navy office sent an official order 200 units target aircraft of this type. In 1948, the UAV was designated as Q-8.

PQ-8. Characteristics:

Modification PQ-8A
Wingspan, m 8.20
Length, m 5.38
Height, m 1.68
Wing area, m2 11.15
Weight, kg  
null 327
takeoff 592
engine's type 1 PD Lycoming O-290
Power, hp X 1 125
Maximum speed km / h 225
The flight duration, min  
Practical ceiling, m 5300


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