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AQM-34L FIREBEE RECONNAISSANCE DRONE

Posted 9/26/2007 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Teledyne Ryan AQM-34L Firebee Reconnaissance Drone
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Teledyne Ryan AQM-34L Firebee
Reconnaissance Drone

Crew:   None
Propulsion:   One Teledyne Continental J-69 turbojet; 1,920 lbs thrust
Wingspan:   13 ft 0 in
Length:   29 ft 0 in
Height:   6 ft 8 in
Weight:   3,200 lbs loaded
Speed:   max: 645 mph; cruise: 485 mph
Range:   750 miles
Service Ceiling:   50,000 ft
Armament:   None
Cost:   $215,000

The AQM-34L Firebee on display at the museum was assigned to the 514th Test Squadron at Hill AFB, one of only two units in the entire Air Force to operate the Lockheed DC-130 Hercules director aircraft, and was test flown over the Utah Test and Training Range many times. In early 1996 the 514th and Hill Aerospace Museum worked together to transfer the Firebee to the museum. It was placed on display in the Missile Park in 1997.








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