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Old 05-07-2006, 10:26 PM
James Pierson James Pierson is offline
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Thumbs up Semi-Scale Design: PMQ-56 Aerial Target Drone

Thought I would try a hand at a vintage target drone that I found on the net. I just gave the photo my (Carpenter) " good eye" look at it and guessed it from there, hence the words Semi-Scale.

Here is some info about this bird:

Data for PQM-56A:

Length 9.78 m (32 ft 1 in)
Wingspan 3.66 m (12 ft)
Diameter 51 cm (20 in)
Height 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in)
Weight (w/o booster) 1300 kg (2860 lb); booster: 1250 kg (2760 lb)
Speed Mach 3.1
Ceiling 20000 m (65000 ft)
Endurance 14 min.
Propulsion Booster: 2x solid-fueled rocket motor
Sustainer: 2x Type 625 ramjet (76 cm (30 in) diameter)

In 1957, Nord Aviation in France began the development of the CT.41 supersonic aerial target, which was ready for production in mid-1959. The CT.41 was powered by twin ramjets, boosted to Mach 1.7 ramjet ignition speed by two solid-fuel rocket motors, and recovered after the mission by parachute. It could reach a speed of about Mach 3, and was controlled by a two-way radio-command link and an onboard autopilot. To simulate a bomber aircraft, the CT.41 could be fitted with various simulation equipment, like multi-band radar transponders and infrared flares. A total of 62 CT.41 vehicles were built in France.

In the United States, Bell acquired license-production rights on the CT.41, after the U.S. Navy had expressed interest in the target. Bell-built CT.41s were used by the Navy for a relatively short time during the 1960s, and in June 1963, the targets were designated as PQM-56A. By the early 1970s, the CT.41 was no longer operational with the U.S. Navy.

Thanks and Enjoy, JP
James Pierson
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