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kenneth

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E-system (now part of Raytheon) produces a number of mini rpv's, but i could not find any pictures of these, anyone can help?

E-Systems Inc., Melpar Division, VA:
- twin-tailboom mini-RPVs models:
E-45
E-55
E-55S Superfly
E-100X
- single-tailboom mini-RPVs models:
E-75 (for USAF 'LCEHV' program)
E-90
E-130
E-150
E-175
E-200
E-260
E-310

Are there any other?
 

Bill S

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E-100X trade show pictures from Vought Heritage Archives.

Any further info on the purpose of this craft?

bill
 

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I have the following:
E-Systems L450F

Specifications: span: 57’, 17.40 mlength: 29’7”, 9.02 m engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney PT6A max. speed: 230 mph, 370 km/h Designed for the Compass Dwell system, the L450F aircraft was based on the Schweizer SGS 2-32 sailplane, and was first of two was flown in manned configuration in February 1970. They had serials 72-1286/1287. The second aircraft was later converted to an unmanned vehicle (with the cockpit deleted) and evaluated by the USAF in early 1972 under the designation XQM-93A.
 

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The Frontiers of Flight museum at Dallas Love Field has one of these aircraft.

My pics are here: http://www.primeportal.net/hangar/bill_spidle3/l-450f_72-1287/


bill

Jos Heyman said:
I have the following:
E-Systems L450F

Specifications: span: 57’, 17.40 mlength: 29’7”, 9.02 m engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney PT6A max. speed: 230 mph, 370 km/h Designed for the Compass Dwell system, the L450F aircraft was based on the Schweizer SGS 2-32 sailplane, and was first of two was flown in manned configuration in February 1970. They had serials 72-1286/1287. The second aircraft was later converted to an unmanned vehicle (with the cockpit deleted) and evaluated by the USAF in early 1972 under the designation XQM-93A.
 

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Splendid pics of the L450F/XQM-93A. Thanks for sharing, Bill!

Please note that E-Systems didn't exist as such at the time. It was an LTV Electrosystems product and a Schweizer design.

I have some doubt as to the markings applied by the museum on the restored item... Doesn't look like standard USAF lettering to me.

Anyway, here are a few more pics of the same aircraft in original company guise and original military markings:
 

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More pics of what wasn't yet known as an OPV (Optionally Piloted Vehicle).

All of these were picked from the web, mostly from the SDAM's Flickr gallery I believe.

As a bonus, a picture of the E-Systems E-45 UAV.
 

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