Get­ting the Drone Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Right

Flight Journal - - EDITORIAL - Dave Col­lier

In your June 2018 is­sue, one let­ter writer misiden­ti­fied the drone in the photo he dis­cusses.

The drone is a U.S. Navy In­ter­state XTD3R as­sault drone, not an Army drone and not the TRD drone nick­named “Edna III” on ex­hibit at the Na­tional Naval Avi­a­tion Mu­seum at Pen­sacola, Florida. The drone in the photo had two Wright R-975s, with each rated at 450hp, and was the last Navy as­sault drone. Test­ing of these drones was done by the Naval Air­craft Mod­i­fi­ca­tion Unit, lo­cated in Johnsville, Penn­syl­va­nia. The Unit had sev­eral all-yel­low SB2C Hell­divers, with “Johnsville” let­ter­ing on their fuse­lage. These could have played a role in drone test­ing. I have not found any other pho­tos of all-yel­low SB2Cs in Navy ser­vice. It’s amaz­ing how far back drones go, isn’t it? Thanks for the clar­i­fi­ca­tion, Dave.—BD

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