Autopilot, V-1

Autopilot, V-1

     

This device was used to guide the World War II-era flying bomb "V-1" from launch ramps in German-controlled territory to targets in England. A set of air-driven gyros maintained the bomb's course, and a timing device determined when to cut off the pulse-jet motor and commence a dive to a target.

This autopilot was apparently recovered from a V-1 that landed, unexploded, in London.

Donated to the Museum by the Army and Navy Club in 1953.

Gift of the Army and Navy Club

Country of Origin
Germany

Manufacturer
Askania Werke A.G.

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Rockets & Missiles

Type
SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Guidance & Control

Materials
Case: metal, probably aluminum. gyroscopes: metal
Dimensions
3-D: 35.6 x 30.5 x 22.9cm (14 x 12 x 9 in.)

This device was used to guide the World War II-era flying bomb "V-1" from launch ramps in German-controlled territory to targets in England. A set of air-driven gyros maintained the bomb's course, and a timing device determined when to cut off the pulse-jet motor and commence a dive to a target.

This autopilot was apparently recovered from a V-1 that landed, unexploded, in London.

Donated to the Museum by the Army and Navy Club in 1953.

Gift of the Army and Navy Club

Country of Origin
Germany

Manufacturer
Askania Werke A.G.

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Rockets & Missiles

Type
SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Guidance & Control

Materials
Case: metal, probably aluminum. gyroscopes: metal
Dimensions
3-D: 35.6 x 30.5 x 22.9cm (14 x 12 x 9 in.)

ID: A19530055000