Airspeed AS.30 Queen Wasp

1st Flight 1937

The Airspeed AS.30 Queen Wasp was a British pilotless target aircraft built during the Second World War.

In flight tests, the aircraft was found to be underpowered and water handling difficulties necessitated a redesign of the floats by their manufacturer, Short Brothers.

Specifications

Crew: 1 (optional)

Length: 23 ft 4 in (7.11 m)

Wingspan: 31 ft 0 in (9.45 m)

Width: 12 ft 0 in (3.66 m) wings folded

Height: 10 ft 1 in (3.07 m)

Gross weight: 3,500 lb (1,588 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah IX 7-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 350 hp (260 kW)

Propellers: 2-bladed

Performance

Maximum speed: 172 mph (277 km/h, 149 kn) at 8,000 ft (2,438 m)

Cruise speed: 151 mph (243 km/h, 131 kn) at 10,000 ft (3,048 m)

Service ceiling: 20,000 ft (6,100 m).

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