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KD2C Skeet
Curtiss-Wright KD2C Skeet on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Role Target drone
National origin United States
Manufacturer Curtiss-Wright

The Curtiss-Wright KD2C Skeet was an American target drone produced by Curtiss-Wright that began development in 1945. "The Skeet was a pulsejet-powered, air-launched expendable drone designed for the U.S. Navy for fleet gunnery training. It could use a 36-centimeter (14-inch) McDonnell J-11, McDonnell J-9 or Continental pulsejet engine. Control was provided by two axis elevators and ailerons through a radio receiver and gyro stabilizing system. The drone could fly for 30 minutes and reach 540 kilometers (335 miles) per hour."

"The Skeet project began in August 1945 and produced its first experimental model was produced in 1947. However, the Skeet's unusual internally mounted pulsejet proved unsatisfactory because it produced low speed and high fuel consumption in both wind tunnel and flight tests at the Navy's Missile Test Center at Point Mugu, California. The project was cancelled in 1949."

Specifications (KD2C-2)[edit | edit source]

Data from Placard at Udvar-Hazy

General characteristics

  • Crew: None
  • Length: 17 ft (5.2 m)
  • Wingspan: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m)
  • Gross weight: 1,258 lb (571 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × 14-inch (356 mm) pulsejet 282–330 pounds-force (1,254–1,468 N)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 335 mph (539 km/h; 291 kn)
  • Endurance: 30 minutes

References[edit | edit source]

  • This article contains material that originally came from the placard at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

External links[edit | edit source]

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