Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles|
Appendix 1: Early Missiles and Drones
|Copyright © 2003 Andreas Parsch|
In 1944, the Interstate Aircraft and Engineering Corp. designed a tailless jet-powered assault drone, which was designated as BDR by the U.S Navy (in the apparently very short-lived "BD-for-Assualt Drone" category). The two engines of the BDR were located near the wing roots, but it is not clear whether they were to be turbojets or simpler pulsejets. Scale models of the design were tested in wind tunnels, but I don't know if any full-scale XBDR-1 prototypes were ever built. However, the latter seems to be not too likely, and the program was most probably dead before the end of World War II.
|XBDR-1 (wind-tunnel model)|
Note: Only very limited data on the planned XBDR-1 design is available.
Data for XBDR-1:
|Wingspan||15.75 m (51 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||4900 kg (10800 lb)|
|Propulsion||2x air-breathing jet|
 Thomas D. Reisert: "Tests of a
1/17-Scale Model of the XBDR-1 Airplane in the NACA Gust Tunnel", NACA Report WR-L-539, 1944
 Roy A. Grossnick: "United States Naval Aviation 1910-1995", Naval Historical Center, 1997
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