D-21 Drone II History

From Wikipedia: The Lockheed D-21 was a Mach 3+ reconnaissance drone. The drone was originally designed to be launched off the back of its A-12-based M-21 aircraft. Development began in October 1962. Originally known by the Lockheed designation Q-12, it was intended for reconnaissance missions deep into enemy airspace. The D-21 was designed to carry a single high-resolution photographic camera over a pre-programmed path, then release the camera module into the air for retrieval, followed by the drone’s self-destruct. learn more...

D-21 Drone Specifications

Dimensions & Weights
Wingspan

19 ft 1/4 in

Length

42 ft 10 in

Height

7 ft 1/4 in

Launch Weight

11,000 lb

Accommodation

None: Unmanned aerial reconnaissance drone

Performance
Maximum speed:

Mach 3.35 (2,210 mph, 1,920 knots, 3,560 km/h)

Service Ceiling:

95,000 ft (29,000 m)

Range:

3,000 nmi, 3,450 mi, 5,550 km

Powerplant and fuel system

One Marquardt RJ43-MA-20S4 ramjet

Crew Chief

Dave Sandine

Country of origin

USA

Manufacturer

Lockheed

b/n or serial number

N/A

type

High-altitude reconnaissance aircraft and drone

ownership

This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

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