Sunday, October 03, 2010

V-2 rocket Vergeltungswaffe 2 A-4 Aggregate-4

U.S. Army V-2 cutaway drawing showing engine, fuel cells, guidance units and warhead. (U.S. Air Force photo)
On October 3, 1942, German scientist Wernher von Braun's V-2 rocket, was fired successfully from Peenemunde, as island off Germany's Baltic coast. It traveled 118 miles forwarded by 38.000 hp, the rocket reached a maximum speed of appr. 5500 km/h.

The rocket was the world's first long-range ballistic missile and first known human artifact to achieve sub-orbital spaceflight.

Over 3,000 V-2s were launched as military rockets by the German Wehrmacht against Allied targets during the war, mostly London and later Antwerp, resulting in the death of an estimated 7,250 military personnel and civilians. is provided as a public service by the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Public Affairs.

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