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Scale 1 : 72
Publisher/Brand Croco Model Company
Category Aircraft Scale Modelling
Subcategory Aircraft Scale Modelling
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This product was added to our database on Monday 28 february 2022.
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The†QU-22†was a Beech 36/A36 Bonanza modified during the†Vietnam War†to be an electronic monitoring signal relay aircraft, developed under the project name "Pave Eagle" for the†United States Air Force" An Garrett AiResearch†turbocharged, reduction-geared Continental GTSIO-520-G engine was used to reduce its noise signature, much like the later†Army Lockheed YO-3A These aircraft were intended to be used as unmanned drones to monitor seismic and acoustic sensors dropped along the†Ho Chi Minh Trail†in†Laos†and report troop and supply movements. When the project was put into operation in 1968, however, the aircraft were all flown by pilots of the†554th Reconnaissance Squadron†Detachment 1, call sign "Vampire". A separate operation "Compass Flag" monitored the General Directorate of Rear Services along the Ho Chi Minh Trail linking to the 6908th security squadron. Six YQU-22A prototypes (modifications of the Beech 33 Debonair) were combat-tested in 1968, and two were lost during operations, with a civilian test pilot killed. Twenty-seven QU-22Bs were modified, 13 in 1969 and 14 in 1970, with six lost in combat. Two Air Force pilots were killed in action. All of the losses were due to engine failures or effects of turbulence.A large cowl bump above the spinner was faired-in for an AC current generator, and higher weight set of Baron wings and spars were used to handle the 236-gallon fuel load.
Please not that this kit portrays the Production QU22B with hump on the engine and extendewd wings with tiptanks. The QU22 was never used and the QU22A was without the hump on the engine†
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