The Fieseler Fi-103, also known as the V-1 "buzz bomb", struck terror into British and Dutch civilians during WWII. Powered by a pulse jet engine, it could achieve speeds up to nearly 400 mph, and was equipped with an autopilot to ensure stable flight.
Between June 1944 and March of 1945, nearly 10,000 were launched towards London. Over 2400 struck the city, resulting in roughly 24,000 casualties. After WWII, the V-1 was tested by the U.S. Navy, and a radio-guided version was built known as the "Loon" missile. The Loon would become the first guided missile launched from a submarine, and thus is often identified as the forerunner of the cruise missile.
This book contains reprints of original technical documents related to the V-1, which were preserved by the U.S. Navy on microfilm. Please note, most texts are in German, and due to the nature of microfilm prints, legibility is substandard.
235 pages, 8.5x11, b&w interior with color covers.