Beginning in 1948, the OQ-19 target drone was used for decades to train anti-aircraft gunners. The drone was catapult-launched and controlled by radio while gunners tried to shoot it down. Once contact with the radio system was lost, the model came to the ground under parachute before being retrieved. One of the retrieved drones had a prop chipped beyond use. The prop was kept and passed along to Bill Fort. Bill and his wife Lucille saved the prop for several years before deciding to donate it to the museum to display with the OQ-19 in the museum’s Models at Work gallery.
Thank you Bill and Lucille Fort for helping grow the museum’s collection!
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