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


The work on designing an unmanned aerial vehicle of the Ryan Firebee model began with American specialists in the field of aerospace systems and technologies in 1951. The new device was intended for military applications; however, for a variety of reasons, it could only be used as a target drone, used primarily for testing anti-aircraft and missile defense systems, for training the military contingent in the control of air defense systems, in test firing and exercises, and Etc. Due to the high popularity of this unmanned aerial vehicle, during the whole production period a large number of drones were built, some of which continue To be maintained 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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