Missile, Surface-to-Air, Rheintochter R I, Sustainer Section

The Rheintochter (Rhine Maiden) R I was an experimental German two-stage anti-aircraft missile tested in the last year of World War II. It was also one of the largest solid-fuel rockets of the war and produced the largest thrust, although for a very short duration. Due to its inadequate altitude ceiling, it was to be supplanted by the R III model, a liquid-fuel missile with two side-mounted solid-fuel boosters, but only six of those were ever launched.

This artifact is the main body or sustainer section of an incomplete Rheintochter,as the missile lacks a guidance section. The Smithsonian acquired it as part of the massive gift of World War II artifacts from the U.S. Air Force in 1949.

Transferred from the U.S. Air Force

Country of Origin
Germany

Manufacturer
Rheinmetall-Borsig

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

Materials
Steel; magnesium
Dimensions
Missile dimensions (assembled): Length: 20.7 ft (6.309 m) total with booster; Diameter maximum: 21.25 inches (54 cm); Fin span maximum: 7.25 ft (2.21 m); Loaded weight: 3,850 lb (1,746 kg); Empty weight.: 1,650 lb (748 kg); Payload: 332 lb (151 kg); Range: 7.5 mi (12.1 km); Altitude: 3.7 mi (6.0 km); Speed: 680 mph (1,095 km/h)

The Rheintochter (Rhine Maiden) R I was an experimental German two-stage anti-aircraft missile tested in the last year of World War II. It was also one of the largest solid-fuel rockets of the war and produced the largest thrust, although for a very short duration. Due to its inadequate altitude ceiling, it was to be supplanted by the R III model, a liquid-fuel missile with two side-mounted solid-fuel boosters, but only six of those were ever launched.

This artifact is the main body or sustainer section of an incomplete Rheintochter,as the missile lacks a guidance section. The Smithsonian acquired it as part of the massive gift of World War II artifacts from the U.S. Air Force in 1949.

Transferred from the U.S. Air Force

Country of Origin
Germany

Manufacturer
Rheinmetall-Borsig

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

Materials
Steel; magnesium
Dimensions
Missile dimensions (assembled): Length: 20.7 ft (6.309 m) total with booster; Diameter maximum: 21.25 inches (54 cm); Fin span maximum: 7.25 ft (2.21 m); Loaded weight: 3,850 lb (1,746 kg); Empty weight.: 1,650 lb (748 kg); Payload: 332 lb (151 kg); Range: 7.5 mi (12.1 km); Altitude: 3.7 mi (6.0 km); Speed: 680 mph (1,095 km/h)

ID: A19601997000