Test of a B-17 Flying Fortress drone, converted into BQ-7 missile, at Wendover Army Air Field, Utah
Wendover, Utah USA Date:1944 Duration:1 min 18 sec Sound:Yes
Test at Wendover Army Air Field, New Mexico, of a drone B-17 Flying Fortress converted into a remote-controlled bomb (designated BQ-7 missile). The B-17 drone sits with engines running. Interior of the aircraft shows technicians of the "Weary Willie Project" checking over radio controls. The B-17 drone takes off followed by a B-17 controller (mother ship). The two aircraft in flight. A ground tracking and control crew on the ground, follows the two B-17s in flight. Ten miles from the target, the drone BQ-7 missile is released from the mother ship B-17. Tracking and controlling the BQ-7 missile, using ascania camera. A hand controlled unit as an operator tracks it through the camera. A finger tip control box is used to control the B-17 (BQ-7 missile). It flies towards the target area along slope of a mountain. The target is approximately 30 feet square white area on the side of mountain slope. The BQ-7 missile crashes into the area, a large column of flame and smoke rises.
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