MQM-105 Aquila Historical

MQM-105 Aquila Historical (HM1XRQ)

Location: Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542 Okaloosa County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 27.933', W 86° 33.632'

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The Army's first major Unmanned Aerial vehicle (UAV) acquisition was the Aquila program. This program was started in 1979 and was originally estimated to cost $123 million for a 43-month development effort, followed by planned expenditures of $440 million for procurement of 780 air vehicles and associated equipment.
The original mission for the Aquila was have been relatively straightforward: It was to be a small, propeller-driven aircraft (portable by four soldiers) that could provide ground commanders with real-time battlefield Information about enemy forces located beyond the line of sight of ground observers. Aquila was expected to fly by autopilot, carry sensors to locate and identify enemy point targets in day or night, use a laser to designate the targets for the Copperhead artillery projectile, provide conventional artillery adjustment, and survive against Soviet air defenses.
The experimental prototype XMQM-105 was first flown on December 1975. During operational testing in 1987, Aquila was only able to successfully to meet mission requirements on 7 of 105 flights. The Army abandoned the program in 1987 due to cost, schedule and technical difficulties.
This program may have failed but it also led to further development of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles that are in use today. This MQM-105 Aquila
mock-up was donated to the AF Armament Museum by the Air Force Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Battlelab stationed at Eglin AFB, FL on 08 July 2003.
Manufacturer     Lockheed Missile and Space Company
Thrust     One — Herbrandson 280B two-stroke piston engine rated at 24 hp with a 2 foot 2 inch pusher propeller
Length     6 ft 10 in
Wing span     12 ft 9 in
Weight     265 lbs Empty / 331 lbs Max
Speed     130 mph Max/ 80 mph Cruise with an average endurance of 3.5 hours
Ceiling     14,800 ft
Guidance System     Programmable with radio control backup
Launch Scheme     Hydraulic catapult
Recovery Scheme     Net or Parachute
Payload     Day/Night Imager and Laser Designator
This drone is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force
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Date Added Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 542186 N 3370455
Decimal Degrees30.46555000, -86.56053333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 27.933', W 86° 33.632'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 27' 55.98" N, 86° 33' 37.92" W
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Area Code(s)850
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Museum Dr, Eglin Air Force Base FL 32542, US
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