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Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee

DAYTON, Ohio -- (June 16,2020) Museum restoration crews work with contractor Schumacher Crane Rental Inc. on the installation of the Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

AQM-34L Firebee

DAYTON, Ohio -- Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee prior to installation in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

AQM-34L Firebee

DAYTON, Ohio -- Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

AQM-34L Firebee

DAYTON, Ohio -- (June 16,2020) Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee installation in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

AQM-34L Firebee

DAYTON, Ohio -- (June 16,2020) Museum restoration crews work with contractor Schumacher Crane Rental Inc. on the installation of the Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

AQM-34L Firebee

DAYTON, Ohio -- (June 16,2020) Museum restoration crews work with contractor Schumacher Crane Rental Inc. on the installation of the Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

AQM-34L Firebee

DAYTON, Ohio -- (June 16,2020) Museum restoration crews work with contractor Schumacher Crane Rental Inc. on the installation of the Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

AQM-34L Firebee
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (June 16,2020) Museum restoration crews work with contractor Schumacher Crane Rental Inc. on the installation of the Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

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DAYTON, Ohio -- (June 16,2020) Museum restoration crews work with contractor Schumacher Crane Rental Inc. on the installation of the Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

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DAYTON, Ohio -- (June 16,2020) Museum restoration crews work with contractor Schumacher Crane Rental Inc. on the installation of the Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

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DAYTON, Ohio -- Museum restoration crews work with contractor Schumacher Crane Rental Inc. on installing the Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

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DAYTON, Ohio -- Museum restoration crews work with contractor Schumacher Crane Rental Inc. on installing the Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

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DAYTON, Ohio -- Museum restoration crews work with contractor Schumacher Crane Rental Inc. on installing the Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

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DAYTON, Ohio -- Museum restoration crews work with contractor Schumacher Crane Rental Inc. on installing the Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

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DAYTON, Ohio -- Museum restoration crews work with contractor Schumacher Crane Rental Inc. on installing the Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

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DAYTON, Ohio -- (June 16,2020) Museum restoration crews work with contractor Schumacher Crane Rental Inc. on the installation of the Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

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DAYTON, Ohio -- Teledyne-Ryan AQM-34L Firebee prior to installation in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio - The Teledyne Ryan AQM-34L Firebee on display in the Research & Development Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - The Teledyne Ryan AQM-34L Firebee at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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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