Date: ca. 1945
Country of Origin: Germany
Other: 7 3/4 in. tall x 2 ft. 6 1/2 in. long x 1 ft. 11 in. span, 7 lb. (19.69 x 77.47 x 58.4cm, 3.2kg)
Wood body, wings, and engine. Steel connecting rods.
This is a model of unknown scale of the V-1 missile, the world's first operational cruise missile developed and used by Nazi Germany. Powered by a pulse-jet engine, the V-1 had a range of about 240 kilometers (150 miles) and carried a conventional warhead. Beginning in June 1944, the Nazis launched thousands of V-1s at targets in England and Belgium. Because of its relatively slow speed, Allied aircraft were able to destroy a large number of the missiles before they reached their target. Robert Malone donated the model to NASM in 1994.
Gift of Robert Malone