Aeroplane Monthly 1979-04
D.Middleton - Airspeed's Clay Pigeon
The Queen Wasp's tapered wings are well shown in the view. K8887 was destroyed in an air raid in 1940 and K8888 crashed on March 20, 1941.
The Airspeed Queen Wasp wireless-controlled target floatplane has a Siddeley Cheetah IX engine and a better performance than the present standard target aircraft.
K8888 was the second Queen Wasp prototype.
The strange black blob in the view is Flt. Lt. Colman, attending to the crane sling attachment by which she had been lowered into the water.
The landplane, K8887, is seen at Hendon in 1937.
Queen Wasp с бортовым номером K8888 - второй самолет-мишень, предназначенный для тренировки зенитчиков Королевского флота.
"A New and Experimental" that puzzled many visitors until they referred to their programmes was the Airspeed Queen Wasp, a wireless-controlled target machine. It looks much too comfortable and private-ownerish to shoot down into the sea!