Katydid Drone

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    Katydid Drone

    Mid-wing monoplane construction, rounded nose, with tapered rear fuselage and V-tail; painted red; pulsejet mounted at rear on top of fuselage; guage on side of drone fuselage, near front.

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    Katydid Target Drone, McDonnell Space Hangar

    Katydid target drone on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
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This object is on display in the Rockets & Missiles at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Rockets & Missiles

The Katydid was a U.S. Navy pulsejet-powered target drone built by the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation between 1946-1947. It could be either air-launched or fired from a AT-1 catapult on land. The Katydid was powered by a McDonnell 7-inch pulsejet of 55 pounds thrust. Its pulsjet was like the one on the famous German V-1 of World War II.

Katydid was usually carried on bomb racks of a PB4Y Catalina aircraft and was parachute-recovered for re-use. The endurance of the drone was about 0.7 hours. Its maximum speed was 175 miles per hour. This Katydid was donated to the Smithsonian in 1966 by the U.S. Navy.