Mother Hen and Friendly Chicks UAS Project



History of the Airborne Aircraft Carrier
Return of History for the Future
EQQUERA Unmanned Areal System

The aviation history demonstrated that between 1917 and after World War II, the United States, Soviet Union, Britain and Germany expressed their keen interest in experimenting airborne aircraft carriers in the sky. Particularly, capable of carrying parasite fighter aircrafts, with the ability to launch and recover in midair.  

The previous records suggested that these concepts weren’t completely successful, especially in regards to recovering parasite aircrafts back onto the mother aircraft. In fact, these dreams faded almost three quarter century ago, mainly due to lack of finding effective solutions on recovery capabilities.

Nonetheless, the US military continued to remain interested in the airborne aircraft carrier concept. In early 1970s, the aviation industry brought various designs along the line of the original ideas, using the existing platform, a Boeing 747 jumbo jet as a flying mother aircraft carrier. The design was considered basically, by changing wing layouts, and using the early system of belly hatch on a trapeze system. However, this also did not materialize.


In recent years, once again the US military is focusing on this long record of interest footnote of aviation history into future action plans. Specifically, focusing on developing the family of unmanned systems, and the method that has the ability to integrate with manned, unmanned and space systems.   The main objective of the idea is to support global-strike operations in access-denial environments, and areas where manned, unmanned systems, and humans are unable to access.

To achieve these objectives, the US is pursuing a number of programs, including seeking concepts that a mother aircraft has the ability to carry volleys of small aircrafts with the capability to launch and recover in midair. One of the programs is the US defense DARPA "2014 -Gremlin Program".

However, this program also is seeking innovation solutions to build required capabilities using the existing platform, B-52, B-1, C-130 aircrafts as a mother aircraft.


Analyzing the history of airborne aircraft carriers, success and failures of previous advancements, EQQUERA took a different approach, by innovating a flatbed unmanned aircraft carrier concept. The key objective of this new idea is to find a solution to launch and recover small systems in midair. The concept is named “Mother Hen and Friendly Chicks”, also called EQQ UAS (EQQ Unmanned Areal System). 

In fact, the EQQ UAS concept is focusing to develop as a complete new platform rather than using the existing platform for mother aircraft carrier. The new platform would allow the system to be designed with new methods and latest technologies that would support a wide range of mission capabilities, based on new threat environments. Also with the ability to operate in any geographical locations or complex conditions.

EQQUERA system would be designed to serve multiple applications; civil applications and military combat and non-combat roles and missions.  In other words, civil applications would be designed to combat wildfires, Arctic missions and humanitarian mission capabilities. The military missions will focus on access to anti-access environment with multi mission operation capabilities in various altitudes, high - mid – low, including the unique system to launch and recover small systems in midair.


NATO Future Forces 2014 - Defence Conference

Prague, Czech Republic



Washington, DC.USA

EQQ Unmanned Airborne Aircraft Carrier

Concept Model - Scale 1/5



History of Airborne Aircraft Carriers




1930s USS Macon Airborne Aircraft Carrier



1950s US Air Force FICON
Speaker Presentations and Participations


AUVSI 2012 - Las Vegas


32nd International Conference Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, Nantes France.


AUVSI 2014 Orlando Florida, USA

More Presentations and Participations ..............................



Future Forces 2014 - UAV Concept Mother Hen and Friendly Chicks
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SCOOP - UAV Concept Mother Hen and Friendly Chicks
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