Frankfort OQ-16

The Frankfort OQ-16, also known as the TD3D, was a target drone designed by the Frankfort Sailplane Company for use by the United States Army Air Forces and United States Navy.

The OQ-16 was developed under a contract for a radio-controlled target drone awarded in early 1945. Fifteen aircraft were ordered by the USAAF;[1] later in the year the contract was transferred to the United States Navy, which assigned the designation TD3D-1 to the type.[2] However, the contract was cancelled before any of the aircraft were built.[1]

Role Target drone
National origin United States
Manufacturer Frankfort Sailplane Company
Primary users United States Navy
United States Army Air Forces
Number built 0


Data from Parsch 2003[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 0
  • Wingspan: 12 ft (3.7 m)
  • Gross weight: 135 lb (61 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Righter O-45-35 , 35 hp (26 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 150 mph (240 km/h, 130 kn)
  • Endurance: 60 minutes
  • Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,600 m)

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Related lists


  1. ^ a b c Parsch, Andreas (2003). "Frankfort OQ-16/TD3D". Directory of U.S. Military Rockets and Missiles Appendix 1: Early Missiles and Drones. Designation-Systems. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
  2. ^ Introduction to Naval Aviation. Washington, D.C.: Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. 1946. p. 155. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
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Q-16 or Q16 may refer to:

Q16 (New York City bus), a bus route in Queens

Honeywell RQ-16 T-Hawk, an American drone built by Honeywell

Frankfort OQ-16, an American drone built by the Frankfort Sailplane Company

The quaternion group of order 16

Quran 16, the 16th chapter of the Islamic Holy book

Radioplane OQ-17

The Radioplane OQ-17 was a target drone produced by the Radioplane Company for the United States Army Air Forces and, as the TD4D/KDR Quail, the United States Navy. Suffering from an unreliable engine, the OQ-17 production run was cut short in favor of the OQ-19.

Righter O-45

The Righter/Kiekhaefer O-45 was an air-cooled, two-stroke aircraft engine of flat-twin configuration, used extensively for powering target drones in the late 1940s.Designed by the Righter Manufacturing Company, the O-45 was also built by the Kiekhaefer Corporation and the Menasco Motors Company.

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