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Hs 298 Missile

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This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Hs 298 Missile

Collection Item Summary:

Dr. Herbert Wagner's missile group at Henschel Aircraft in World War II Germany designed this small, experimental, air-to-air missile. A Schmidding solid rocket propelled the Hs 298 for about 25 seconds, and the pilot in the launch aircraft guided it using a joystick and transmitter.

The initial Hs 298 V1 design, first tested in 1944, had a different wing, square fins, a warhead on top, and a generator propeller below. Henschel built more than 300 V1s model and over 100 V2s, but the project was cancelled in early 1945 in favor of the Ruhrstahl X-4, which performed better. The Smithsonian obtained this missile from the U.S. Navy in 1948.

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

Henschel Flugzeugwerke

Credit Line

Transferred from the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics

Materials

Aluminum

Dimensions

Overall: 1 ft. 4 5/16 in. tall x 8 ft. 4 3/16 in. long x 4 ft. 2 3/16 in. wing span, 275.6 lb. (41.5 x 254.5 x 127.4cm, 125kg)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

Germany

Type

CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

Inventory Number

A19510066000