|Primary Function:||Basic Target Trainer|
|Power Plant:||1 × McCulloch O-100-2, 72 hp (53 kW) each
|Wingspan:||11 feet 6 inches|
|Length:||13 feet 7 inches|
|Service Ceiling:||23,000 feet|
|Height:||2 feet 7 inches|
|Weight:||Gross: 403 lbs; Empty: 273 lbs|
|Maximum Speed:||202 mph|
|Owner:||Estrella Warbird Museum|
This MQM-33 was literally "dropped off at the museum" quite lacking in completion but full of potential. The basic Target Trainer was restored by volunteers on our restoration crew.
There were numerous radio controlled target or target towing drones. Most began their life during the late 1940's, and evolved through a series of refinements within the US Army with designations of OQ-19A through OX-19D, and the US Navy name of Quail (designated KD2R). Early models had metal fuselage and wooden wings but production standardized on all-metal aircraft.
During 1963, when the US military adopted a standardized designation system, the surviving US Army BTT variants became MQM-33s and the KD2R-1, the only member of the family still in Navy service, became the MQM-36 Shelduck.
The MQM-36 was the most evolved of the BTT family, but retained the same general configuration as the other members. It was larger and more sophisticated than the first-generation OQ-2A series, and was powered by a more powerful flat-four four-stroke McCulloch piston engine with 95 horsepower. The MQM-36 carried Luneberg lens radar enhancement devices in its wingtips that generated a radar signature of larger aircraft. Launch was by RATO booster or bungee catapult, and recovery was by parachute.