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Interstate TDR Attack Drone
Technical Information

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Designed to takeoff on a wheeled carriage which fell off after becoming airborne, or be launched from a catapult. Some were built with simple cockpits, but these were fared over in combat. Airborne, it was controlled by an observer aboard a parent aircraft, (modified TBM Avenger) only one drone could be controlled by each parent aircraft. Equipped with a single 2,000 lb. aerial bomb or an aerial torpedo to be used as a remotely controlled guided bomb.

The drone carried a TV camera / transmitter that relayed a black & white image to a parent aircraft that was viewed on a small television screen. Then, it was controlled with a joystick and flown into the target.

Built by Interstate and powered by two 150hp Franklin air cooled opposed six cylinder engines.

The same drone, manufactured in DeKalb, Illinois during 1943-44. A total of 189 were built.

In the South Pacific, STAG-1 commanded by Captain Robert F. Jones based at Banika Field tested the weapon in combat, with forty-twn launched against targets in Western Solomons and Bougainville. Later, STAG-1 moved to Green Island and launched nineteen against Rabaul and New Ireland.

Japanese Capture
The Japanese recovered wreckage from one of the nineteen drones that crashed at Rabaul. On November 8, 1944 loaded aboard a J1N1 Irving and transported via Truk to Japan.

The Siege of Rabaul pages 58-61

Technical Details
Pilot  None (remotely control)
Engines  2 x 150 hp Franklin Air cooled 6 cylinder driving 2 bladed propellers
Armament  single 2,000 lb. aerial bomb

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