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Offline Orionblamblam

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Re: German rockets pictures
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2013, 09:01:20 pm »
That photo was first (to my knowledge) published in Simon's "German Research in World War II," 1947.
It appears to show a model of the "Gleiter A4 V13/e" configuration which truncated the strakes so that they didn't extend to the payload.
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Re: German rockets pictures
« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2013, 05:24:25 am »
Impressive - thanks a lot for sharing!

I was familiar with that designation from here:

That's why I referred to the rocket tentatively – it’s actually much more effective to look for the “wrong” names A9 + A10 when searching for pictures. I’m basically just looking for aviation art to decorate my desktop, and I enjoy finding out more about “Luftwaffe 1946” projects. From this board I got material which I've never seen before, and you can even name the source books. That’s very generous indeed.

Here you can find over 90 documents like the one you uploaded, though none of them seem to refer to the intercontinental weapon.  The material is from the famous Deutsches Museum Munich and the text under “Bestandsgeschichte” scientifically explains why your drawing is so black – it’s a postwar copy made in the U.S. So your document seems to be the real thing!

Here you have from the same source a diagram calculating a long range ballistic missile flight as early as 1933, before the Peenemünde efforts:

And this is supposedly a genuine Nasa document:
It shows a drawing of the two-stage Aggregat on page 52 (printed page number), but it uses the terms A9 / A10 again. Maybe this paper is a fake? Or they got things wrong in the 60s and thus started the whole trouble with the varying designations today? In my links at the top you can find the diagrams from Nasa page 54 that are supposedly illustrating the A9’s flight, but there they’re differently titled. At least the one reaching Glasgow doesn’t make sense for a two-stage ICBM, and my second link above seems to prove it’s rather meant for the “winged V2” often called A4b or A4 V12.

Anyway I don’t want to argue about who knows the designations better. That spearlike shape is so ingenious and elegant. It’s a real beauty! And the one other vehicle with a surrounding fin narrowing to the top that I can think of  is – the space shuttle.

So the wind tunnel model and the black drawing of the “A9” are unique. I found them absolutely nowhere else. Does anyone have something similar of the lower stage, or the two combined? Because that would really prove the scale models and graphics of today are essentialy correct. Even so the material is marvelous. Thanks a lot!

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Re: German rockets pictures
« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2019, 02:32:24 am »
Found this 1945 British video on the V-2.  Considering how soon this is after the end of WWII, it's interesting to see how much work they had already done in examining the technology.