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:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Askania Werke A.G.
Gift of the Army and Navy Club
Case: metal, probably aluminum. gyroscopes: metal
3-D: 35.6 x 30.5 x 22.9cm (14 x 12 x 9 in.)
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SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Guidance & Control