Fairchild Company in October 1942 has received an order to design prototypes 2 shock drones HBQ-3. As an example of the training took AT-21. The very structure of the aircraft have not changed, except that removed the pilot's seat and cadets. The main feature of the UAV was to equip the television camera that transmitted images to the screen controlling the aircraft operator. After some time, the company's engineers had considered the creation of a manned asthma. HBQ-3 1800 was Payload kg of explosives.

The air unit rose in July 1944 years. During his unconventional cigar-like shape called him "flying torpedo". Although almost all the tests were successful, the interest of the military to the new development waned. It was necessary to carry out further improvements. In particular, for the modernization of the control system, the company spent more than two years, after which the Fairchild management refused from further experiments and redirect all resources on the development of missile technology.

BQ-3. Characteristics:

Modification   XBQ-3
Wingspan, m   16.05
Length, m   11.28
Height, m   3.99
Wing area, m2  
Weight, kg  
  takeoff   6930
engine's type   2 PD Ranger V-770-15
Power, hp   X 2 520
Maximum speed km / h   355
Practical range, km   2400
Practical ceiling, m   5200
Load:   1800 kg of explosives


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