V-2 no. 3, launched in USA

Scale 1:96 Published: Feb 19, 2012

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Launch of V-2 rocket Model of V-2 rocket from White Sands
Scale model of V2 missile


When world war II ended in 1945 parts for more 100 V-2 missiles were shipped from Germany to USA. Along with the rocket parts, Wernher von Braun, Walter Dornberger and 124 other scientists and technicians from the V-2 production, were in American hands.

White Sands Proving Ground. in New Mexico became the center of the US experiments with the V-2. Since the rockets were launched without warheads, there were plenty of space for scientific use of the rockets. So the V-2 ended up as a sounding rocket.

V-2 no. 3 was launched on May 10, 1946 and were the second V-2 launched from White Sands (No. 1 was only used for a static test).

Like the first V-2 launched by von Braun in Germany, the rocket was decorated with a pin-up girl.

The V-2 carried different scientific instruments. The flight was a success, but the scientific payload was more or less destroyed at the impact with the ground. The V-2 were after all not designed as a sounding rocket.

Later the scientist managed way to recover the data from the experiments, and about 70 V-2's were launched in the US. The last one launched 19 September, 1952

Books and other sources:
Rockets of the world by Peter Alway,

V-2 Ballistic Missile 1942-1952 by Steven J. Zagola

Dawn of the Rocket Age by Joachim Engelmann

The Rocket - The History and Development of Rocket and Missile Technology  by David Baker.

Begg's Aerospace (Highly recommended)