Designation: Fi103-A1

Fieseler Fi103

Fieseler Fi103-A1 (V-1) Hoellenhund

A picture of the Fieseler Fi103-A1 Hoellenhund

As the world’s first operational cruise missile the Fi103 was the first of the so-called “Wonder Weapons” that German leaders felt would snatch victory from defeat.  The concept of a self-guided flying bomb powered by a pulsejet engine originated in 1942 and quickly captured the attention of the German Luftwaffe, which was suffering high losses in bombers and crews.  The Fi103 first flew in December 1942 but problems in both production and operation of the new weapon delayed its first operational use until June 12, 1944 when the first V-1s were fired at London.  Eventually, more than 5,800 of the missiles would land in England killing over 8,000 people.

Wingspan 17 ft 7.75 in.

Wingspan

Length 27 ft 5 in.

Length

Height 4 ft 8 in.

Height

Weight 4,807 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 408 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 8,840 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 148 miles

Range

Engines One Argus 109-104 pulsejet with 807 pounds of thrust

Engines

Crew 1,784 pounds of Amatol 39A

Warhead


Manufacturer
Fieseler

Markings
Luftwaffe Flak-Regiment 155(W), France, 1944

Serial Number
121536

Designation
Fi103-A1

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