US Fairchild AUM-N-2 ''Petrel'' Missile

  • Cold War
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

The US Fairchild AUM-N-2 ''Petrel'' Missile was developed towards the end of World War II (1944), as a Air to Surface munition. It was launched from a variety of aircraft. The ''Petrel'' was classed as an ''Aerial Torpedo'' and was in service with The US Navy from 1956 until 1959. Towards the end of it's service, The AUM-N-2 was redesignated and used as a Target Drone. The weapon was close to 4,000-lbs. with a 270-lb Warhead of TNT. The ''Petrel'' was 25-feet long with a diameter of 25-inches. It was stabilized in flight by a series of 13-foot wings. Propulsion was by a single J44 Turbojet Engine, which produced a speed of 375-mph. They ranged 23-miles.