Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles|
Appendix 1: Early Missiles and Drones
|Copyright © 2003 Andreas Parsch|
In 1945, the U.S. Army Air Force tested the OQ-18 target drone, but unfortunately source  does not list a manufacturer or model name for the OQ-18. With a span of about 4.6 m (15 ft), a weight of about 250 kg (550 lb), and a 110 kW (150 hp) engine, this drone was significantly larger and more powerful than the preceding targets of the OQ-series. The quoted range of 16 km (10 miles) would indicate that it was a short-duration drone. In any case, the OQ-18 was not produced in quantity.
Note: Data are approximate values only!
Data for OQ-18:
|Wingspan||4.6 m (15 ft)|
|Weight||250 kg (550 lb)|
|Speed||400 km/h (250 mph)|
|Ceiling||6100 m (20000 ft)|
|Range||16 km (10 miles)|
|Propulsion||Piston engine; 110 kW (150 hp)|
 US Army Air Forces: "Army Aircraft Model Designations", 1946
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