Beechcraft MQM-107 Streaker The MQM-107 was a remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) used for testing and to train U.S. Air Force interceptor crews. The Streaker could simulate the characteristics of different potential enemy targets. For instance, it could mimic the heat and radar returns of different missiles and aircraft. It could also drop chaff and flares to deceive interceptor crews. The Streaker was ground-launched with the aid of solid fuel boosters that quickly accelerated it to approximately 250 mph. A small turbojet engine then took over for the remainder of the flight. The Streaker's flight route could be programmed prior to launch or changed during flight by a ground controller using a radio link. At the end of the mission, a parachute lowered it for a land or water recovery. The Beech Aerospace Services Co. (now Raytheon Aerospace) donated the MQM-107 airframe on display to the museum in 1990. TECHNICAL NOTES (MQM-107B): Engine: One Microturbo North America TRI 60-2 turbojet of 831 lb. thrust Maximum speed: 575 mph Endurance: 2 hours, 18 minutes Ceiling: 40,000 feet Launch weight: 1,464 lbs. Click here to return to the Research & Development Gallery.