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Radioplane OQ-3

A picture of the Radioplane OQ-3

The OQ-3 is a radio-controlled target drone manufactured during World War II for both the Army and the Navy.  They were used to train anti-aircraft gunners.  The design was developed from a radio-controlled model aircraft for hobby flying.  Beginning in 1950 several versions of the model were developed for use as gunnery targets.  The OQ-3 is the last version built.  It is constructed of a steel-tube fuselage and wooden wings covered with fabric.  The drones were launched with a small catapult and were recovered by means of a parachute.  Between 5,000 and 6,000 of them were built between 1943 and 1945.


12 ft


9 ft


97lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

103 MPH

Service Ceiling

2,000 ft


One Radioplane O-15-3 two-cylinder with 8 horsepower


United States Army, 1945


Serial Number

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