Northrop MQM-57 Falconer

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Northrop
Designation
MQM-57

Northrop MQM-57 Falconer

The MQM-57 Falconer is a battlefield reconnaissance drone designed for the U.S. Army in 1955. It is based on the Radioplane BTT family of target drones. They were intended to provide either still of video images of the battlefield. The technology of the time did not allow for real-time images and the drone had to be recovered and have its film processed before the images could be used. The Falconer entered service with the U.S. Army in 1958 and later with the British Royal Army. A total of 1,500 were built through the mid-1960s. The last of them were withdrawn from service by the early 1970s.

Specifications
Wingspan 11 ft 6 in
Length 13 ft 4 in
Height 2 ft 7 in
Weight 430
Max. Speed 185
Service Ceiling 15,000 ft
Range 100
Engines 1 McCulloch O-100-1 piston engine with 72 hp.
Crew None