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Autopilot, V-1

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This object is on display in the Rockets & Missiles at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.


Manufacturer: Askania Werke A.G.

Country of Origin: Germany

Dimensions: 3-D: 35.6 x 30.5 x 22.9cm (14 x 12 x 9 in.)

Materials: Case: metal, probably aluminum. gyroscopes: metal

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

Inventory number: A19530055000

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