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Culver PQ-14/TD2C Cadet

In 1940, the U.S. Army Air Corps drew up a requirement for a radio-controlled target drone for training anti-aircraft artillery gunners.  Culver proposed a modification of its civilian Model LFA Cadet which the Army purchased as the PQ-8.

The success of the PQ-8 led to the development of the PQ-14 which was first flown in 1944.  Larger and faster than the PQ-8, the PQ-14 also had retractable landing gear.  The aircraft was flown unmanned, controlled by radio, but was flown by a pilot for ferry flights.  Both aircraft were sometimes referred to as Cadets.

Over 2,000 were built with almost 1,200 going to the U.S. Navy as the TD2C.

Specifications Designations
Type: Target Drone
Engines: one 150 hp (112 kW) Franklin O-300-11 horizontally opposed piston engine
PQ-14: U.S. Army Air Corps aerial target drone.
TD2C: U.S. Navy training drone
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