The OQ-19D is one of a family of propeller driven target drones first deployed in 1948. The U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force have used these drones for anti-aircraft training with both guns and missiles. The drones are generally ground launched using a catapult and are radio controlled. Assuming the drone survives the mission, it is recovered by means of a parachute. In the 1970s the designation of this family of drones was changed to MQM-33. By the mid 1980s more than 70,000 of them had been built and used by eighteen different nations. Although no longer in production some remained in service as late as the early 2000s.
United States Army, 1970s
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