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Firebee

Display location: Hangar C, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Type: Target drone
Designation: Q-2 / BQM-34A
Payload: None
Agency: U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy
Contractor: The Ryan Aeronautical Company

The Firebee was used by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy to provide realistic target simulations for evaluation of weapon systems and training crews to operate those systems.

Those Firebees that survived could be safely recovered by deploying a parachute and floating softly to the ground. This reusability factor made the Firebee very economical for training as the vehicles could be used numerous times.

The Firebee was once on display at the place now occupied by the Lighthouse Gazebo.

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Firebee in the rocket garden

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