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Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee


The AQM-34L remotely piloted aircraft flew low-level photo-reconnaissance missions over North Vietnam. The AQM-34 series was developed from the unmanned BQM-34A target aircraft.

The AQM-34L on display flew more than 30 missions over North Vietnam. On Aug. 6, 1972, it was damaged by an SA-2 surface-to-air missile (SAM) and landed by parachute in the South China Sea off the North Vietnamese coast. Although recovered by a U.S. Navy ship, it was further damaged by salt water beyond economical repair.

This AQM-34L's nickname, M.R. Ling, was a pun on the last name of Lt. Col. Edwin Emerling, who was involved with its early combat missions.

TECHNICAL NOTES:
Engine:
Teledyne Continental J-69 of 1,920 lbs. thrust
Maximum Speed: 645 mph
Range: 750 miles
Ceiling: 50,000 ft.

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