McDonnell TD2D Katydid. Specifications. A photo.
McDonnell TD2D Katydid. Specifications. A photo.

McDonnell TD2D Katydid. Specifications. A photo.


McDonnell TD2D Katydid - US military drone aircraft designed in the mid-40-ies of the company «McDonnell Aircraft».

The design of the military unmanned aerial vehicle model McDonnell TD2D Katydid was deployed by American experts in the field of aircraft construction at the beginning of the 40-ies. The new device was intended for use as an air target, used primarily for training military personnel to combat air targets, as well as for testing modern air defense systems. Despite the rather narrow scope of this unmanned vehicle, drone proved to be very popular, and its operation was conducted until the beginning of the 60-ies, however, due to the secrecy of this project, the exact number of devices produced was not officially publicized.

For its era drone possessed a very high flight-technical indicators, and that was one reason for the high promotion of this drone. With a relatively small size of the device, and the scope of its wings is only 3,7 meters, the drone has a high maneuverability, that in addition to improved handling, the device also provides a boost to the high flight speeds.

Powerplant unmanned vehicle model McDonnell TD2D Katydid presented Pulsejet, which is able to generate thrust in 0,24 kN., Which in turn, allows the drone to reach a maximum speed of its movement in 400 km \ h., While the maximum flight duration this UAV limited 40 minutes.


Specifications McDonnell TD2D Katydid.


  • Length: 3,4 m .;
  • Wingspan: 3,7 m .;
  • Height: 0,72 m .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 145 kg .;
  • Cruising flight speed: 250 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 400 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 50 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 4100 m .;
  • aircraft engine Type: Jet;
  • Powerplant: unknown;
  • Power: 0,24 kN.



Other UAVs


Read more on: