Glide Bomb, Blohm und Voss BV 246, Lower Tail Section


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

The BV 246 was an experimental glide bomb developed by the German Luftwaffe in World War II. It was designed to be dropped a long distance from its target, thereby avoiding Allied figher opposition. This tail section may come from a "Radieschen" (Radish) variant, which was to home in on radars.

U.S. Army Air Forces shipped the components from Germany in 1945. It is not known when the Smithsonian acquired this artifact.

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Donor Unknown


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  • Wood
  • Steel
  • Paint


  • Approximate: 23.5 × 49.5 × 147.3cm (9 1/4 × 19 1/2 × 58 in.)
  • Storage (Rehoused on Aluminum Pallet): 157.5 × 153.7 × 85.1cm, 90.7kg (62 × 60 1/2 × 33 1/2 in., 200lb.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


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