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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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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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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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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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KirovRampager Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I am honored to know you then ^^
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