Fleetwings PQ-12

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Fleetwings PQ-12
Fleetwings YPQ-12A taxying.jpg
A YPQ-12A
Role Manned aerial-target
National origin United States
Manufacturer Fleetwings
Primary user United States Army Air Corps
Number built 9

The Fleetwings PQ-12 , company designation Fleetwings Model 36, was a 1940s American manned aerial-target designed and built by Fleetwings for the United States Army Air Corps.[1]

The PQ-12 was a single-engined monoplane with a 225 hp (168 kW) Lycoming O-435 piston engine.[2] It had a fixed nose-wheel landing gear, twin vertical tails and an open-cockpit was provided for manned flight.[2] Instead of the optional pilot a 500 lb (225 kg) bomb could be carried in the cockpit.[2] The original prototype was cancelled but a modified variant was built followed by eight test aircraft, although an order for 40 production aircraft was placed it was subsequently cancelled.[1]

Variants[edit]

XPQ-12
Prototype, not built.[1]
XPQ-12A
Modified prototype, one-built.[1]
YPQ-12A
Test and evaluation aircraft, eight-built.[1]
PQ-12A
Production variant, 40 ordered but none were built.[1]

Specifications (YPQ-12)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 0 / 1
  • Length: 17 ft 9 in (5.4 m)
  • Wingspan: 29 ft 2 in (8.9 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 3 in (2.2 m)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-435-5 6-cyl. air-cooled horizontally-opposed piston engine, 225 hp (168 kW)

Performance

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f Andrade 1979. p. 157
  2. ^ a b c PQ Series (PQ-8 through PQ-15)
Bibliography
  • Andrade, John (1979). U.S.Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909. Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 0 904597 22 9.