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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.

Length

27 ft 5 in.

Height

4 ft 8 in.

Weight

4,807 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

408 MPH

Service Ceiling

8,840 ft

Range

148 miles

Engines

One Argus 109-104 pulsejet with 807 pounds of thrust

Warhead

1,784 pounds of Amatol 39A

Manufacturer
Fieseler

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

Serial Number
121536

Designation
Fi103-A1

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