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The Kawasaki KAQ-1 is a small, radio controlled target drone aircraft. A 72 horsepower (54 kW) engine allowed the KAQ-1 to reach speeds up to 220 mph (350 km/h) and fly for over 250 miles (400 km).

Kawasaki KAQ-1 Drone.jpg
KAQ-1 on display at Castle Air Museum
Role Aerial Target Drone
Introduction 1950s
Status Retired
Primary user United States, Japan


The main purpose of the KAQ-1 drone was to train fighter pilots in the use of air-to-air missiles and to train anti-aircraft gunners on the ground. The KAQ-1 was launched from a ramp to known altitudes and if destroyed, a parachute rigged to the engine mounts would allow the engine to be recovered and reused. The drone was used in the 1950s by the armed forces of both the United States and Japan.

Specifications (KAQ-1)Edit

Data from Data from Castle Air Museum's KAQ-1 web page. [1]

General characteristics

  • Length: 12 ft 0 in (3.66 m)
  • Wingspan: 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
  • Height: 2 ft 7 in (0.79 m)
  • Max takeoff weight: 342 lb (155 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × McCulloch 4318A 4-cyl. air-cooled horizontally-opposed piston engine, 75 hp (56 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 190 kn (220 mph, 350 km/h)
  • Range: 238 nmi (274 mi, 441 km)


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