AQM-34 Firebee (multiple)

AQM-34L Firebee (Pima 03-23-17) 9450

I photographed this Ryan AQM-34L Firebee target drone at the Pima Air&Space Museum in 2017. The Firebee was one of the first jet-propelled drones, and one of the most widely used target drones ever built. The AQM-34N Firebee at the NMoUSAF was very difficult to see against the dark rooftop, but had a much larger wings than previous models, giving it room for fuel and a much greater range. The NMoUSAF also diplayed another version AQM-34Q Combat Dawn Firebee was used in electronic intelligence gathering and after being launched from a C-130 could run a pre-programmed course or be flown by a remote operator. The second generation of this line became the BQM-34 Firebee, which progressed to the BQM-34F Firebee II.

AQM-34N Firebee; NMoUSAF 2018

AQM-34N Firebee (NMoUSAF 05-17-18) 1567


AQM-34L Firebee 69-0432; Pima Air&Space Museum 2017