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Ammersol the Interstate TDR by KirovRampager Ammersol the Interstate TDR by KirovRampager
The Interstate TDR was an early unmanned combat aerial vehicle referred to at the time as an "assault drone" developed by the Interstate Aircraft and Engineering Corporation during the Second World War for use by the United States Navy. Capable of being armed with bombs or torpedoes, 2000 aircraft were ordered, but only around 200 were built. The type saw some service in the Pacific Theater against the Japanese, but continuing developmental issues affecting the aircraft, along with the success of operations using more conventional weapons, led to the decision being made to cancel the assault drone program in October 1944.


General characteristics

Crew: 0-1 (optional pilot)
Wingspan: 48 ft (15 m)
Gross weight: 5,900 lb (2,676 kg)
Powerplant: 2 Lycoming O-435-2 opposed piston engines, 220 hp (160 kW) each

Performance

Cruise speed: 140 mph (122 kn; 225 km/h)
Range: 425 mi (369 nmi; 684 km)

Armament

One 2,000-pound (910 kg) bomb or one aerial torpedo
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:iconnyri-ani:
nyri-ani Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
People's jaws drop when I tell them about this drone. And I reply: "Drones? In MY World War? It's more likely than you think!"
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KirovRampager Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know right?
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nyri-ani Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's funny to me that they're less surprised by the existence of IR scopes and pykrete ships.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah seriously! I mean alot of stuff was developed then and few believe it all
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AirborneLeaf Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
During WW2? I was never aware that they had the technology for unmanned drones then. I only thought you could launch something and have it "land" at a pre-targeted place.
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KirovRampager Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they were remote controled drones and had a tv camera inside
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DBsTreasure Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And I thought I was the only one here who knew about it! Awesome!
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe I know alot of rare planes this was one of the unique ww2 ones America managed to feild which caught my eye
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DBsTreasure Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've done several deviations pretaining to this particular plane, and even bought a copy of perhaps the only book dealing specifically with that drone and the men who worked with it. Its my primary obsession, that plane, so mysterious, and interesting. I probably known more about it than anyone else on this site.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I am honored to know you then ^^
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sharkplane77 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
heh, what a sexy beast he turned out to be :giggle:
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe I know right?
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:iconsharkplane77:
sharkplane77 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
:lol:
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^
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ZeroRM Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I imagine an MQ-1 Predator looking at this and exclaiming, "Gramps!?"
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know ^^ so cute
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:iconzerorm:
ZeroRM Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Can you say "Next Submission to DeviantART"?
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe mmmmaaaayybbee
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:iconzerorm:
ZeroRM Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Nicely done! I suppose an eventual retrofit with a radar set would be in order to truly see, unless they can use radio waves as a range-finder, or can hear and echolocate.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they echolocate and can see shapes made of sound in other words they see sound
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ZeroRM Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Which is perfect, since their engines constantly give off sound for that purpose. However, this also presents an issue as that interferes with their own sight...unless there is way that doesn't happen.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there is a way but they see sound from that circle sensor on the nose
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:iconzerorm:
ZeroRM Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Without interference?
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yup
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:iconzerorm:
ZeroRM Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Kind of like a bat: they can filter out unwanted interference.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You got it ^^
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Der-Buchstabe-R Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember stories of the first assault drone, which was a flying bomb kinda. I hope these guys had better stories.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
actually these ones drops torpedoes and bombs on targets and were not the bombs themselves
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:iconder-buchstabe-r:
Der-Buchstabe-R Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, I read the desc., I still just hope that they have a better stories then their ancestors.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they do they do
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Der-Buchstabe-R Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok good.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
by the way that lightning strike in your jornal is god's way of saying you belong be happy
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:iconder-buchstabe-r:
Der-Buchstabe-R Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am more scared then happy, but I am happy, I just need to figure out why I should be here.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you will
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A-Delicate-Robot-Pal Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Ah cute one this is. :3
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you like him? He is more of a dog than a living plane he follows orders and scents as he cannot see
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A-Delicate-Robot-Pal Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
So damn cute and cuddly, to be exact. ^^
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe lucky for us one survived the war ^
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:icona-delicate-robot-pal:
A-Delicate-Robot-Pal Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Hehe sounds like a fun pet to have X#3
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree
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:iconbiocoal:
biocoal Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Wow, I am stun about this. The picture is outstanding.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks and he has no eyes being a remote guided plane
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:iconbiocoal:
biocoal Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
And you know, I like that, it make him seem more scary.
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TankaaKumawani Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're the MP Evas of her setting, pretty much.
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:iconbiocoal:
biocoal Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I see.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe funny thing is they are feral little things they speak only bits of language at all
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:iconbiocoal:
biocoal Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Oh true, I like that too.
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^
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:iconbiocoal:
biocoal Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
And I hope to see more of that. Heh heh :icondragonkekeplz:
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:iconkirovrampager:
KirovRampager Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you shall ^^
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