Radioplane KD2R-5 ASW Drone

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Greetings All -

I have been scanning a fairly large collection of Radioplane/Northrop Ventura photos, documents and drawings of various drones. The KD2R-5 was initially developed and produced as a out of eye sight version of the KD2R-4 line of sight drone. With the failure of the DASH program of ASW rotary wing drones, Radioplane pitched the idea of providing a modified drone that could carry the Mk48 torpedo or two sonobouys, hunter/killer style. In the end, the concept proved to be unworkable and the program dropped. Attached are two drawings of the KD2R-5 - the 3 view shows the extended wing tips and the cross section gives an idea of the relative size of the drone and the torpedo.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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The second diagram says Mk 43 torpedo, which makes a lot more sense than the heavyweight Mk 48.
 

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A kind of prop driven Ikara or Malafon, isn't it ? Are there mentions or drawings
of the launcher ?
 

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Greetings All -

I have been scanning a fairly large collection of Radioplane/Northrop Ventura photos, documents and drawings of various drones. The KD2R-5 was initially developed and produced as a out of eye sight version of the KD2R-4 line of sight drone. With the failure of the DASH program of ASW rotary wing drones, Radioplane pitched the idea of providing a modified drone that could carry the Mk48 torpedo or two sonobouys, hunter/killer style. In the end, the concept proved to be unworkable and the program dropped. Attached are two drawings of the KD2R-5 - the 3 view shows the extended wing tips and the cross section gives an idea of the relative size of the drone and the torpedo.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
Hi Mark,

do you have in your drwing collection some detailed drawing of the OQ-19 / KD2R target drone?
 

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Greetings All -

I have been scanning a fairly large collection of Radioplane/Northrop Ventura photos, documents and drawings of various drones. The KD2R-5 was initially developed and produced as a out of eye sight version of the KD2R-4 line of sight drone. With the failure of the DASH program of ASW rotary wing drones, Radioplane pitched the idea of providing a modified drone that could carry the Mk48 torpedo or two sonobouys, hunter/killer style. In the end, the concept proved to be unworkable and the program dropped. Attached are two drawings of the KD2R-5 - the 3 view shows the extended wing tips and the cross section gives an idea of the relative size of the drone and the torpedo.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
Hi Mark,

do you have in your drwing collection some detailed drawing of the OQ-19 / KD2R target drone?
Let me take a look and see.... Mark
 

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Greetings All -

I have been scanning a fairly large collection of Radioplane/Northrop Ventura photos, documents and drawings of various drones. The KD2R-5 was initially developed and produced as a out of eye sight version of the KD2R-4 line of sight drone. With the failure of the DASH program of ASW rotary wing drones, Radioplane pitched the idea of providing a modified drone that could carry the Mk48 torpedo or two sonobouys, hunter/killer style. In the end, the concept proved to be unworkable and the program dropped. Attached are two drawings of the KD2R-5 - the 3 view shows the extended wing tips and the cross section gives an idea of the relative size of the drone and the torpedo.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
Hi Mark,

do you have in your drwing collection some detailed drawing of the OQ-19 / KD2R target drone?
Let me take a look and see.... Mark
Here you go.... Mark
 

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Greetings All -

I have been scanning a fairly large collection of Radioplane/Northrop Ventura photos, documents and drawings of various drones. The KD2R-5 was initially developed and produced as a out of eye sight version of the KD2R-4 line of sight drone. With the failure of the DASH program of ASW rotary wing drones, Radioplane pitched the idea of providing a modified drone that could carry the Mk48 torpedo or two sonobouys, hunter/killer style. In the end, the concept proved to be unworkable and the program dropped. Attached are two drawings of the KD2R-5 - the 3 view shows the extended wing tips and the cross section gives an idea of the relative size of the drone and the torpedo.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
Hi Mark,

do you have in your drwing collection some detailed drawing of the OQ-19 / KD2R target drone?
Let me take a look and see.... Mark
Here you go.... Mark
Thank you very much Mark, I have a large collection of Radioplane/Northrop Ventura photos but very few technical drawing. If you have an interest in this kind of drones I will be glad to share my collection with you.
 

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Greetings All -

I have been scanning a fairly large collection of Radioplane/Northrop Ventura photos, documents and drawings of various drones. The KD2R-5 was initially developed and produced as a out of eye sight version of the KD2R-4 line of sight drone. With the failure of the DASH program of ASW rotary wing drones, Radioplane pitched the idea of providing a modified drone that could carry the Mk48 torpedo or two sonobouys, hunter/killer style. In the end, the concept proved to be unworkable and the program dropped. Attached are two drawings of the KD2R-5 - the 3 view shows the extended wing tips and the cross section gives an idea of the relative size of the drone and the torpedo.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
Hi Mark.

I saw the post about the KD2 ASW drone with immense interest. Not too long ago I completed a QH50 restoration and during the course.of that restoration became aware of this varient of the KD2.

I wonder do you have any more of the drawings for this ASW bird. We may have a suitable doner KD2 we could use as a basis to reproduce it.

I attached a picture of the qh50 and a Chukar I finished. You can reach me at museum email militaryheritagecollection@gmail.com



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Greetings All -

I have been scanning a fairly large collection of Radioplane/Northrop Ventura photos, documents and drawings of various drones. The KD2R-5 was initially developed and produced as a out of eye sight version of the KD2R-4 line of sight drone. With the failure of the DASH program of ASW rotary wing drones, Radioplane pitched the idea of providing a modified drone that could carry the Mk48 torpedo or two sonobouys, hunter/killer style. In the end, the concept proved to be unworkable and the program dropped. Attached are two drawings of the KD2R-5 - the 3 view shows the extended wing tips and the cross section gives an idea of the relative size of the drone and the torpedo.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
Hi Mark.

I saw the post about the KD2 ASW drone with immense interest. Not too long ago I completed a QH50 restoration and during the course.of that restoration became aware of this varient of the KD2.

I wonder do you have any more of the drawings for this ASW bird. We may have a suitable doner KD2 we could use as a basis to reproduce it.

I attached a picture of the qh50 and a Chukar I finished. You can reach me at museum email militaryheritagecollection@gmail.com



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Sorry to say I do not - if I come across any though, I'll keep you in mind!

Nice on the QH-50 - AUVM is in the process of or may have just finished, their QH-50 restoration. Nice Chukar too - AUVM has a few on display as well.

Where are you located? Is this a private collection or open to the public?

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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Hi. The AUVM guys are friends of mine, they are located about 10 mins from our museum.

This design has fascinated me since I saw a few photographs that exist. Unfortunately the pieces to reproduce it do not show very well in photographs or as details on the drawings you scanned. Just have to.be patient and see if they appear.

If anyone has an interest in drones I would encourage them to look at AUVM website or arrange a visit. Red Smith amassed an incredible collection of aircraft, engines and other material.

Regards

Mark
 

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Greetings All -

I have been scanning a fairly large collection of Radioplane/Northrop Ventura photos, documents and drawings of various drones. The KD2R-5 was initially developed and produced as a out of eye sight version of the KD2R-4 line of sight drone. With the failure of the DASH program of ASW rotary wing drones, Radioplane pitched the idea of providing a modified drone that could carry the Mk48 torpedo or two sonobouys, hunter/killer style. In the end, the concept proved to be unworkable and the program dropped. Attached are two drawings of the KD2R-5 - the 3 view shows the extended wing tips and the cross section gives an idea of the relative size of the drone and the torpedo.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
Hi Mark.

I saw the post about the KD2 ASW drone with immense interest. Not too long ago I completed a QH50 restoration and during the course.of that restoration became aware of this varient of the KD2.

I wonder do you have any more of the drawings for this ASW bird. We may have a suitable doner KD2 we could use as a basis to reproduce it.

I attached a picture of the qh50 and a Chukar I finished. You can reach me at museum email militaryheritagecollection@gmail.com



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Sorry to say I do not - if I come across any though, I'll keep you in mind!

Nice on the QH-50 - AUVM is in the process of or may have just finished, their QH-50 restoration. Nice Chukar too - AUVM has a few on display as well.

Where are you located? Is this a private collection or open to the public?

Enjoy the Day! Mark
Think this is them: The Military Heritage Collection of North Texas.
They have the same email address: http://www.fubarmotorpool.com/home.html
 

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