Qu-22B Pave Eagle II, Minicraft 1/48 Beechcraft Bonanza /scratch.
The QU-22 was another civilian craft adapted by the military. Based on the Beechcraft Bonanza of which 27 being modified. It seemed that if it had wings they’d find a mission for it. Flown by 553/554 Recon. Wing Det. 1,Based at Nakhon RTAB in Thailand. In operation between 1970 and 1972, Designed to fly unmanned, to pick up movement signals along the Ho Chi Min trail, but due to equipment unreliability they usually were flown with a pilot. Because of a number of losses caused by mechanical malfunctions[none were ever lost to enemy action] the program was cancelled. My interest in the aircraft goes back to my senior year at Aviation High School in NYC. The USAF apparently donated three of them to our school to misuse and abuse learning aircraft mechanics. All the electronic equipment was of course gone but I due remember an explosive bolt warning placard affixed inside it.
The kit is a Minicraft 1/48 Beechcraft Bonanza , Modified with extended wing tip tanks, a hump on the engine cowl[it housed an extra generator for the added electric equipment]. Eliminated the aft windows and not that you can see, scribed rear access doors on the right fuselage side. There’s not a lot of info on this bird so I’ve improvised a bit. Apparently Minicraft Issued for a short time a kit of a YQU-22A a predecessor to the QU-22B. I’ve seen it listed on Scalemates but nowhere else. The later photos are of one at the USAF museum, another from my high school, and the mystery Minicraft kit.
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