|National origin||United States|
|Built by||Globe Aircraft Corporation|
|Primary user||United States Navy|
|Developed from||Globe KD2G Firefly|
Design and development[edit | edit source]
The design of the KD6G was based on the earlier Globe KD2G Firefly target drone, featuring a mid-wing configuration with a twin-fin empennage, but instead of a pulsejet powerplant as in the KD2G the KD6G was fitted with a single piston engine in a tractor configuration. Launched via catapult, the KD6G was radio-controlled during flight, and, if it was not shot down in the course of its mission, would be recovered via parachute.
Operational history[edit | edit source]
First flying in prototype form in 1951, the KD6G proved successful and was ordered into production in two forms, the KD6G-1 with a McCullough O-100 engine, and the KD6G-2 with a Kiekhaefer V-105 powerplant. Used extensively by the United States Navy during the 1950s in the gunnery training role, the KD6G-2 was redesignated in 1963 in the new unified missile sequence, becoming the MQM-40A before being retired soon thereafter.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- Prototype with McCullogh O-100-1 engine
- Production version of XKD6G-1
- Production version with Kiekhaefer V-105-2 engine
- Initial redesignation of KD6G-2
- Final redesignation of KD6G-2
Survivors[edit | edit source]
Specifications (KD6G-2)[edit | edit source]
Data from Parsch
- Crew: None
- Length: 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
- Wingspan: 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
- Height: 1 ft 7 in (0.48 m)
- Powerplant: 1 × Kiekhaefer V-105-2 piston engine, 100 hp (75 kW)
- Maximum speed: 265 mph (426 km/h; 230 kn)
- Endurance: 60 min
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Parsch 2002
- Fahey 1958, p.32.
- Globe KD6G-2. Pima Air Museum. Accessed 2013-02-13.
- Fahey, James Charles (1958). The Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet (7th ed.). Washington, DC: Ships and Aircraft Publishers. ASIN B000XG6YU6. http://books.google.com/books?id=cGPJ9fJDJNIC&pg=PA32.
- Parsch, Andreas (2002). "Globe MQM-40 Firefly". Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles. designation-systems.net. http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/m-40.html. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
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