Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles
Appendix 1: Early Missiles and Drones
Copyright © 2003 Andreas Parsch


In 1945, the U.S. Army Air Force tested the OQ-18 target drone, but unfortunately source [1] does not list a manufacturer or model name for the OQ-18. With a span of about 4.6 m (15 ft), a weight of about 250 kg (550 lb), and a 110 kW (150 hp) engine, this drone was significantly larger and more powerful than the preceding targets of the OQ-series. The quoted range of 16 km (10 miles) would indicate that it was a short-duration drone. In any case, the OQ-18 was not produced in quantity.


Note: Data are approximate values only!

Data for OQ-18:

Wingspan4.6 m (15 ft)
Weight250 kg (550 lb)
Speed400 km/h (250 mph)
Ceiling6100 m (20000 ft)
Range16 km (10 miles)
PropulsionPiston engine; 110 kW (150 hp)

Main Sources

[1] US Army Air Forces: "Army Aircraft Model Designations", 1946

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Last Updated: 19 March 2003