The target drone - blown out of the air by the hundreds

This type of radio controlled aircraft was the target aircraft for most annual test firings for site personel. In the "lower 48" site personel were transported to Red Canyon (for Nike Ajax test firing) and to McGregor range for Nike Hercules test firing.

It had a 4 cylinder 2 cycle aircooled engine. Two radar reflective pods (not shown) were usually mounted on the wing tips for increased radar visibility.

For research and product test firings, jet aircraft and rockets (Corporal ballistic missiles and Nike Hercules missiles) were also used for targets.

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