This is a model of unknown scale of the Vergeltungswaffe 1 (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.
The model's manufacturer is unknown. John and Cynthia Heyde donated it to the museum.
Gift of John S. and Cynthia H. Heyde.