Culver XPQ-15

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XPQ-15 mockup.jpg
Mockup of the XPQ-15
Role Target drone
National origin United States
Built by Culver Aircraft Company
First flight 1945
Primary users United States Army Air Forces
United States Navy
Produced 6

The Culver XPQ-15, also known as the XTD3C-1, was an American target drone developed by the Culver Aircraft Company late in World War II.

Design and development[edit]

The XPQ-15 was a low-wing monoplane of conventional design. It was powered by a Franklin O-405 opposed piston engine.[1] Design work began in 1943.[2]

Operational history[edit]

Four examples of the XPQ-15 were built for evaluation by the United States Army Air Forces in 1945; two additional aircraft were tested by the United States Navy as the XTD3C-1. No production contract was placed.[1]


USAAF variant; four produced.[1]
USN variant; two produced, BuNos 29665-29666.[3]

Specifications (XPQ-15)[edit]

Data from Parsch [1]

  • Powerplant: 1 × Franklin O-405 opposed piston engine, 200 hp (150 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 220 mph (354 km/h; 191 kn)


  1. ^ a b c d Parsch 2009
  2. ^ Mingos 1946, p.318.
  3. ^ Grossnick and Armstrong 1997, p.540.

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