Wings, Bomb, Glide, BV 246 Hagelkorn


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 Hagelkorn (Hailstone) was a German air-to-surface glide bomb, using guidance systems developed for other missile projects. It was to be released by a carrier aircraft (among the possibilities were the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, the Heinkel He 111, or the Junkers Ju 188), at a safe range, whereupon it would glide to its target. Stability was attained by gyroscopic autopilot, while in some versions guidance was to be by a radio beam transmitted from the parent aircraft or by a RF homing device in the nose. The high aspect ratio of the wings provided a very large 1:25 gliding angle, which permitted a missile release as far as 210 km (130 miles) from the target, with a release altitude of 35,000 ft.

These wings were the ones originally mounted on the Smithsonian's Hagelkorn, which was a gift of the U.S. Naval Supply Center, Cheatham Annex, Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


Credit Line

Transferred from the U.S. Navy, Naval Supply Center, Cheatham Annex, Williamsburg, Va.


welded steel core, cement?, doped fabric covering

Country of Origin


Physical Description

2 tapered high-aspect ratio wings, welded steel core covered by cement and doped fabric covering, dark gray/green camouflage paint, white markings



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