RQ-3: The U.S. Air Force’s First Stealth Drone Crashed and Burned
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Peter Suciu

RQ-3, Americas

The program was ended because of the cost but also due to aerodynamic stability problems.

Here’s What You Need to Remember: Weighing a beefy 8,500 pounds, the RQ-3 DarkStar was powered by a Williams-Rolls FJ44-1A engine that offered a takeoff thrust of 1,900 pounds. It provided a cruising speed of 288 mph and a service ceiling of 45,000 feet. A total of four were built, including the first prototype that crashed.

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