Culver PQ-14B Cadet

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Culver
Markings
Army Air Force, Biggs AAF, El Paso, Texas 1945
Designation
PQ-14B
Registration
N1063M
Serial Number
44-21819

Culver PQ-14B Cadet

In 1940, the Culver Company was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army for a target drone aircraft based on their Cadet civilian light aircraft. Designated the PQ-8 it proved to be very successful and led to the development of the slightly larger and faster PQ-14. These all-wood drones were used throughout the United States to train both Army and Navy anti-aircraft gunners. Being descended from a piloted aircraft the PQ-14 could be flown either by remote control or by a pilot. Naturally, pilots never flew the aircraft when they were being shot at from the ground. After the war many of the surviving PQ-14s had the remote control equipment removed and sold on the civilian market.

Specifications
Wingspan 30 ft
Length 19 ft 6 in
Height 8 ft 5 in
Weight 1,830 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 180 mph
Service Ceiling 13,000 ft
Range 512 miles
Engines 1 Franklin O-300-11 four cylinder opposed with 125 hp
Crew Remote control or 1 pilot