Rockets and Missiles

The rocket, a reaction-propulsion device that carries all of its propellants internally, has been around for almost a millennium since its invention in China. But the twentieth-century saw a technological explosion of new rocket-propulsion systems, using both solid and liquid propellants. Rocket-powered vehicles were developed for two primary purposes: spaceflight and weaponry. Guided missiles also appeared in the mid-twentieth century with air-breathing propulsion systems, and these are included in the National Air and Space Museum’s Rockets and Missiles collection. Among its highlights are: the world’s best collection of artifacts from American rocket pioneer Robert Goddard, an extensive collection of German World War II missile and rocket artifacts, a large number of American Cold War missiles and launch vehicles, and rocket engines from small thrusters to a gigantic F-1 motor from the Saturn V Moon rocket.

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  • Bomb, Glide, BV 246 Hagelkorn (Hailstone)
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Manufacturer: Blohm & Voss
    Credit Line: Transferred from the U.S. Navy, Naval Supply Center, Cheatham Annex, Williamsburg, Va.
    Date: ca. 1943-1945
    Type: CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets
  • Wings, Bomb, Glide, BV 246 Hagelkorn
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Manufacturer: Blohm & Voss
    Credit Line: Transferred from the U.S. Navy, Naval Supply Center, Cheatham Annex, Williamsburg, Va.
    Type: CRAFT-Missiles & Rocket Parts
  • Fabric, Bomb, Glide, Wing, BV 246 Hagelkorn
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Manufacturer: Blohm & Voss
    Credit Line: Transferred from the U.S. Navy, Naval Supply Center, Cheatham Annex, Williamsburg, Va.
    Type: CRAFT-Missiles & Rocket Parts