V-1 Cruise Missile

Side of sleek, silver cruise missle with wings, and yellow nose
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The V-1 (Vergeltungswaffe Eins, or Vengeance Weapon One), was the world's first operational cruise missile. This name was given to it by the Nazi Propaganda Ministry. Powered by a simple but noisy pulsejet that earned it the Allied nicknames of "buzz bomb" and "doodle bug," more than 20,000 were launched at British and continental targets, mostly London and Antwerp, from June 1944 to March 1945.

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12/22/2017

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Mark Avino

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A19600341000-NASM2018-10160

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Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

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