Fleetwings PQ-12


Fleetwings PQ-12
Fleetwings YPQ-12A taxying.jpg
Role Manned aerial-target
National origin United States
Manufacturer Fleetwings
Primary user United States Army Air Corps
Number built 9

The Fleetwings PQ-12 , company designation Fleetwings Model 36, was a 1940s American manned aerial-target designed and built by Fleetwings for the United States Army Air Corps.[1]

The PQ-12 was a single-engined monoplane with a 225 hp (168 kW) Lycoming O-435 piston engine.[2] It had a fixed nose-wheel landing gear, twin vertical tails and an open-cockpit was provided for manned flight.[2] Instead of the optional pilot a 500 lb (225 kg) bomb could be carried in the cockpit.[2] The original prototype was cancelled but a modified variant was built followed by eight test aircraft, although an order for 40 production aircraft was placed it was subsequently cancelled.[1]


Prototype, not built.[1]
Modified prototype, one-built.[1]
Test and evaluation aircraft, eight-built.[1]
Production variant, 40 ordered but none were built.[1]

Specifications (YPQ-12A)

Data from Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1947[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 0 / 1
  • Length: 20 ft 0 in (6.1 m)
  • Wingspan: 30 ft 2 in (9.2 m)
  • Height: 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
  • Gross weight: 2,196 lb (996 kg) with pilot; 2,688 lb (1,219 kg) pilotless with 500 lb (230 kg) bomb
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-435-5 6-cyl. air-cooled horizontally-opposed piston engine, 225 hp (168 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed fixed pitch wooden propeller


  • Maximum speed: 185 mph (298 km/h, 161 kn) as pilotless target


  1. ^ a b c d e f Andrade 1979. p. 157
  2. ^ a b c PQ Series (PQ-8 through PQ-15)
  3. ^ Bridgman, Leonard, ed. (1947). Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1947. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Co. p. 232c.
  • Andrade, John (1979). U.S.Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909. Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 0 904597 22 9.