Missile, Cruise, V-1, Compressed Air Tank

Missile, Cruise, V-1, Compressed Air Tank

     

The V-1 cruise missile contained two compressed-air tanks that held air at 13.8 MPa (2000 psi) to power the control system. Inputs from the rate gyros and magnetic compass were transmitted to Askania-designed pneumatic actuators for the tail surfaces (rudder and elevators) by means of compressed air. When gyros precessed, or the magnetic compass sensed a deviation from the prescribed heading, differential air signals were mixed into the airflow to the actuators, resulting in movement of the control surfaces. The compressed air bottles are wire-wound spheres, presumably to increase strength.

The Smithsonian received this tank as a part of the U.S. Air Force transfer of aircraft, missiles and parts formerly stored at Park Ridge, Illinois, for the National Air Museum.

Transferred from the U.S. Air Force

Country of Origin
Germany

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rocket Parts

Materials
steel
Dimensions
Overall: 1ft 9 5/8in. (54.93cm)

The V-1 cruise missile contained two compressed-air tanks that held air at 13.8 MPa (2000 psi) to power the control system. Inputs from the rate gyros and magnetic compass were transmitted to Askania-designed pneumatic actuators for the tail surfaces (rudder and elevators) by means of compressed air. When gyros precessed, or the magnetic compass sensed a deviation from the prescribed heading, differential air signals were mixed into the airflow to the actuators, resulting in movement of the control surfaces. The compressed air bottles are wire-wound spheres, presumably to increase strength.

The Smithsonian received this tank as a part of the U.S. Air Force transfer of aircraft, missiles and parts formerly stored at Park Ridge, Illinois, for the National Air Museum.

Transferred from the U.S. Air Force

Country of Origin
Germany

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rocket Parts

Materials
steel
Dimensions
Overall: 1ft 9 5/8in. (54.93cm)

ID: A19660091000