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Actuator, Air Vane, V-2


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Rockets and Missiles exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

In order to control the roll of the V-2 ballistic missile, designed and built in Germany in World War II, special trim motors such as this one moved the air vanes on the outer corners of fins I and III. The missile's control system sent commands to these motors to remove any unwanted rolling of the missile. NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, gave this trim motor to the Smithsonian in 1984.

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National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration




Overall: 8 in. deep x 1 ft. 6 1/2 in. long (20.32 x 46.99cm)

Country of Origin



CRAFT-Missiles & Rocket Parts

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