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This launch table supports the German V-2 exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum, an example of the world's first ballistic missile. The table is a tubular steel structure which was transported with the mobile launch convoy that fired operational missiles. Launch crews found that the table could be set up on any firm surface such as a road. Supported on four adjustable legs, the table could be rotated so that the proper axis of the missile is pointed in the firing direction. A separate pyramidal blast deflector is part of the launch stand.

The NASM launch was a gift of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in 1975 and likely was captured by the U.S. Army in 1945. It has all the major structural elements, but lacks the cable mast, electrical connectors and vacuum tube electronics box of an operational launch stand.

Display Status This object is on display in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar
Object Details
Date Gallery 114, 1976- Country of Origin Germany Type EQUIPMENT-Miscellaneous Manufacturer G. M. Pfaff AG, Kaiserslautern, Germany Dimensions 3-D: 284.5 x 284.5 x 165.1cm, 2249.8kg (112 x 112 x 65 in., 4960lb.)
Materials Steel, painted flat black
Inventory Number A19761038000 Credit Line Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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