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Autopilot, V-1

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

Collection Item Summary:

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.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Manufacturer

Askania Werke A.G.

Credit Line

Gift of the Army and Navy Club

Materials

Case: metal, probably aluminum. gyroscopes: metal

Dimensions

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

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

Germany

Type

SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Guidance & Control

Inventory Number

A19530055000

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