USA - Air Force Teledyne Ryan AQM-34L Compass Bin 69-0432
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Image ID: 137254
Operator: USA - Air Force - 69-0432
Aircraft: Teledyne Ryan - AQM-34L Compass Bin
Airport: USA - Arizona - Tuscon - Pima Air & Space Museum
Photo taken on 2010-1-31 by Rod Dermo [Contact]
Camera setting: NIKON D200, 1/1000s, f/8.0 at 18mm ISO 200
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(24.5.2011, 06:00 CET)
Photographic reconnaissance drone,used over North Vietnam From the Pima Museum web site "The AQM-34L was developed from the BQM-34A target drone as a low altitude photographic reconnaissance drone. They were launched and controlled from DC-130s and were extensively used over North Vietnam. Once the drone had completed its mission it would be directed to a safe area usually over water, where the engine would shut down and a large parachute would deploy. There were two methods of recovery at that point. First it could simply be recovered from the water, but this was not preferred due to the damage salt water would do to the drone's systems. The second, preferred method was to use a helicopter equipped with a special hook system."