Loon Missile

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    Loon Missile

    Monoplane with mid-wings, rear horizontal and vertical stabilizers and pulsejet mounted to top at the rear. Pulsejet consisting of a long open tube tapered at front to accomodate larger diameter air intake with grill inside front. Painted canary yellow with dark blue, white, and red U.S. Army Air Corps or U.S. Air Force star and bars insignia, with number 213 on nose, in dark blue. Dark blue band around nose, just before the number 213, with white star pattern; canary yellow nose tip like the rest of the body. Contains both propellant and pressurant spheres, each one steel, plus aluminum piping and some electronics.

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    Loon Missile

    Monoplane with mid-wings, rear horizontal and vertical stabilizers and pulsejet mounted to top at the rear. Pulsejet consisting of a long open tube tapered at front to accomodate larger diameter air intake with grill inside front. Painted canary yellow with dark blue, white, and red U.S. Army Air Corps or U.S. Air Force star and bars insignia, with number 213 on nose, in dark blue. Dark blue band around nose, just before the number 213, with white star pattern; canary yellow nose tip like the rest of the body. Contains both propellant and pressurant spheres, each one steel, plus aluminum piping and some electronics.

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    Loon Missile

    Monoplane with mid-wings, rear horizontal and vertical stabilizers and pulsejet mounted to top at the rear. Pulsejet consisting of a long open tube tapered at front to accomodate larger diameter air intake with grill inside front. Painted canary yellow with dark blue, white, and red U.S. Army Air Corps or U.S. Air Force star and bars insignia, with number 213 on nose, in dark blue. Dark blue band around nose, just before the number 213, with white star pattern; canary yellow nose tip like the rest of the body. Contains both propellant and pressurant spheres, each one steel, plus aluminum piping and some electronics.

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    Loon Missile

    Monoplane with mid-wings, rear horizontal and vertical stabilizers and pulsejet mounted to top at the rear. Pulsejet consisting of a long open tube tapered at front to accomodate larger diameter air intake with grill inside front. Painted canary yellow with dark blue, white, and red U.S. Army Air Corps or U.S. Air Force star and bars insignia, with number 213 on nose, in dark blue. Dark blue band around nose, just before the number 213, with white star pattern; canary yellow nose tip like the rest of the body. Contains both propellant and pressurant spheres, each one steel, plus aluminum piping and some electronics.

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    Loon Missile

    Monoplane with mid-wings, rear horizontal and vertical stabilizers and pulsejet mounted to top at the rear. Pulsejet consisting of a long open tube tapered at front to accomodate larger diameter air intake with grill inside front. Painted canary yellow with dark blue, white, and red U.S. Army Air Corps or U.S. Air Force star and bars insignia, with number 213 on nose, in dark blue. Dark blue band around nose, just before the number 213, with white star pattern; canary yellow nose tip like the rest of the body. Contains both propellant and pressurant spheres, each one steel, plus aluminum piping and some electronics.

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    Loon Missile

    Monoplane with mid-wings, rear horizontal and vertical stabilizers and pulsejet mounted to top at the rear. Pulsejet consisting of a long open tube tapered at front to accomodate larger diameter air intake with grill inside front. Painted canary yellow with dark blue, white, and red U.S. Army Air Corps or U.S. Air Force star and bars insignia, with number 213 on nose, in dark blue. Dark blue band around nose, just before the number 213, with white star pattern; canary yellow nose tip like the rest of the body. Contains both propellant and pressurant spheres, each one steel, plus aluminum piping and some electronics.

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    Loon Missile

    Monoplane with mid-wings, rear horizontal and vertical stabilizers and pulsejet mounted to top at the rear. Pulsejet consisting of a long open tube tapered at front to accomodate larger diameter air intake with grill inside front. Painted canary yellow with dark blue, white, and red U.S. Army Air Corps or U.S. Air Force star and bars insignia, with number 213 on nose, in dark blue. Dark blue band around nose, just before the number 213, with white star pattern; canary yellow nose tip like the rest of the body. Contains both propellant and pressurant spheres, each one steel, plus aluminum piping and some electronics.

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    Loon Missile

    Monoplane with mid-wings, rear horizontal and vertical stabilizers and pulsejet mounted to top at the rear. Pulsejet consisting of a long open tube tapered at front to accomodate larger diameter air intake with grill inside front. Painted canary yellow with dark blue, white, and red U.S. Army Air Corps or U.S. Air Force star and bars insignia, with number 213 on nose, in dark blue. Dark blue band around nose, just before the number 213, with white star pattern; canary yellow nose tip like the rest of the body. Contains both propellant and pressurant spheres, each one steel, plus aluminum piping and some electronics.

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    Loon Missile

    The Loon, also called the JB-2 or KUW-1, was an American copy of the German pulsejet-powered V-1 or "Buzz Bomb" of World War II. It was designed to carry a 2,200-pound high explosive warhead to a range of 150 miles and could be launched from the ground, ships, or aircraft. It was not used in combat. However, it provided invaluable experience to U.S. Navy and Army Air Force (and later, Air Force) personnel in the handling of missiles.
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    Loon Missile

    The Loon, also called the JB-2 or KUW-1, was an American copy of the German pulsejet-powered V-1 or "Buzz Bomb" of World War II. It was designed to carry a 2,200-pound high explosive warhead to a range of 150 miles and could be launched from the ground, ships, or aircraft. It was not used in combat. However, it provided invaluable experience to U.S. Navy and Army Air Force (and later, Air Force) personnel in the handling of missiles.

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    Loon Missile at the Udvar-Hazy Center

    Also called the JB-2 by the U.S. Army Air Forces, the Loon was an American copy of the German pulsejet-powered V-1 "buzz bomb" of World War II. The long tube at the rear is the air-breathing pulsejet engine.
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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Boeing Aviation Hangar

The Loon, also called the JB-2 or KUW-1, was an American copy of the German pulsejet-powered V-1 or "Buzz Bomb" of World War II. It was designed to carry a 2,200-pound high explosive warhead to a range of 150 miles and could be launched from the ground, ships, or aircraft. The air-breathing pulsejet motor is the long tube at the rear.

The development of the Loon came too late for use in World War II, and it was not used in combat. However, it provided invaluable experience to U.S. Navy and Army Air Force (and later, Air Force) personnel in the handling of missiles. The Loon was cancelled in 1950. This object was donated to the Smithsonian in 1965 by the U.S. Naval Supply Center.