Republic JB-2 'Loon'


Republic JB-2 'Loon' at the New England Air Museum

Specifications

Type:   Cruise missile
Crew:   
Capacity:   
Armament:   2,000lb. high-expolsive warhead
Length:   8.26 meters
Height:   
Wingspan:   5.38 meters
Rotor Diameter:   
Empty Weight:   
Gross Weight:   5,000 lbs.
Cruise Speed:   mph
Maximum Speed:   425 mph
Range:   150 mi.
Service Ceiling:   
Powerplant:   Ford PJ31 pulsejet
Year:   1945
Serial No.:   
Registration:   
Location:   Storage Hangar

Adapted from the notorious German Fieseler Fi 103 V-1 'Buzz Bomb,' the Americanized 'Loon' was built in this country from January to August, 1945. Some, including this one, used captured German parts. It was powered by a Ford JI-31-F1 pulse jet engine copied from the German Argus-Schmidt. The Loon had a speed of 400+ mph, a range of 150 miles, and normally flew between 2000 and 4000 feet. JB-2s were used as drones for testing and constituted the beginning of the U. S. missile program.

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