|National origin||United States|
|First flight||November 1944|
|Primary user||United States Army Air Forces|
The Radioplane OQ-6 was a target drone developed by the Radioplane Company under the designation RP-14 and evaluated by the United States Army Air Forces for service use. A small number were procured, but major production contracts were cancelled by the end of World War II.
Design and developmentEdit
The Radioplane RP-14 was a small aircraft of conventional design, with a strut-braced monoplane wing and conventional empennage; power was from a Righter O-45 four-cylinder horizontally-opposed piston engine. An improved version, the RP-15, replaced the O-45 with a McCulloch O-90. The airframe was improved over the company's preceding OQ-3, with improved streamlining.
The RP-14 first flew in November 1944; designated OQ-6 by the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF), evaluation led to the development of the improved RP-15, designated OQ-6A, and orders for production of the aircraft in quantity were placed. These orders were cancelled due to the end of World War II; however, some OQ-6s, redesignated XOQ-6A, were still in service with the United States Air Force (USAF) in 1948.
Variants and operatorsEdit
- Initial version powered by Righter O-45
- USAAF designation of RP-14.
- Improved version of RP-14 with 60 hp (45 kW) McCulloch O-90; top speed 195 miles per hour (314 km/h).
- USAAF designation of RP-15.
- USAF redesignation of surviving OQ-6s and OQ-6As.
Data from Parsch 2003General characteristics
- Crew: None
- Length: 10 ft (3.0 m)
- Wingspan: 14 ft (4.3 m)
- Gross weight: 295 lb (134 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Righter O-45 horizontally-opposed piston engine, 22 hp (16 kW)
- Maximum speed: 168 mph (270 km/h; 146 kn)
- Churchill, Edward (March 1946). "Aerial Robots". Chicago: Ziff-Davis Publishing. https://books.google.com/books?id=yER8QRuw6FAC&pg=PA114&dq=RP-15&hl=en.
- Parsch, Andreas (18 March 2003). "Radioplane OQ-6". Designation-Systems. http://www.designation-systems.net/dusrm/app1/oq-6.html. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
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