The V-1 (Vergeltungswaffe Eins, or Vengeance Weapon One), was the world's first operational cruise missile. This name was given to it by Josef Goebbels' Propaganda Ministry, but the original Air Ministry designation was Fi 103, after its airframe designer, the Fieseler company. Powered by a simple but noisy pulsejet, thousands were launched on British and continental European targets from June 1944 to March 1945.
This artifact is a reproduction of the intake to the pulse-jet motor, very likely made for display at an airbase in the U.S. after the war. It was removed during the restoration of a V-1 for the National Air and Space Museum and replaced with a more accurate replica. The donor of this artifact is unknown, but was likely the U.S. Air Force.
Found In Collection. Donor unknown at this time. Found on NASM premises.