V-2 Cut-Aways

This page serves as a repository for cut-away diagrams and photos of the V-2/A-4.


This diagram shows a cut-away of the engine compartment. The instrumentation compartment, outlined by the "A-B-C-D" just aft of the warhead, is not cut away in this diagram, but the access panels are open on the V-2 at the Kansas Cosmosphere.

V-2 missile A-4 rocket cut-away engine compartment

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From the front cover of Technical Data on the Development of the A4/V-2, located in the private collection of David L. Christensen (also available from the NASA Technical Reports Server).
Scan and restoration by heroicrelics.


Here's a nice cut-away with call-outs:

V-2 missile A-4 rocket cut-away

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From the page 26 of Technical Data on the Development of the A4/V-2, located in the private collection of David L. Christensen (also available from the NASA Technical Reports Server).
Scan and clean-up by heroicrelics.

Callouts:

  • Sprengladung 1t (1-Ton Explosive Charge)
  • Automatische Kreiselsteuerung (Automatic Gyro Control)
  • Leitstrahl-u. Funk-Kommandogeräte (Guidebeam and Radio Command Receivers)
  • Spiritus-Wasser Gemisch Behälter (Alcohol-Water Mixture Tank)
  • flüss. Sauerstoff-Behälter (Liquid Oxygen Tank)
  • Treibstoff Turbo-Pumpe (Fuel Turbopump)
  • Abdampf (Turbine [Steam] Exhaust)
  • Spiritus-Hauptventil (Main Alcohol Valve)
  • Luftruder (Aerodynamic Rudder)
  • Strahlruder (Graphite Rocket Engine Exhaust Vane)
  • Antenne (Antenna)
  • Antriebs-Ofen, 25,4t Schubkraft (Rocket Engine, 25.4 Tons of Thrust)
  • Sauerstoff-Hauptventil (Main Oxygen Valve)
  • T-Stoff-Dampfanlage f. Antrieb d. Treibstoff-Turbopumpe (Hydrogen Peroxide Steam Generator for Driving the Turbopumps)
  • T-Stoffbehälter (Hydrogen Peroxide Tank)

I pointed out how nice the cut-away V-2 diagram above was; the document's authors thought it was so nice that they decided to reuse it, not once, but twice!

Here the cut-away diagram is used to compare with the missile on the launcher platform:

V-2 missile A-4 rocket cut-away engine compartment

Left caption: Cross-section of Long Range Rocket
Right caption: Long Range Rocket on Launch Table
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From page 27 of Technical Data on the Development of the A4/V-2, located in the private collection of David L. Christensen (also available from the NASA Technical Reports Server).
Scan and clean-up by heroicrelics.

Back in the 1940s, the 200-mile range V-2 was considered a "Fernrakete", or "long-range" rocket, while today 200 miles barely qualifies as a "short-range" missile.


Here the cut-away diagram is used to compare The A-4 against its predecessors, the A-3 and the A-5:

V-2 missile A-4 rocket cut-away engine compartment

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From page 25 of Technical Data on the Development of the A4/V-2, located in the private collection of David L. Christensen (also available from the NASA Technical Reports Server).
Scan and clean-up by heroicrelics.


Here is a cut-away produced by the U.S. Army showing engine, fuel cells, guidance units, and warhead:

V-2 missile A-4 rocket cut-away engine compartment

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Scan courtesy the National Museum of the US Air Force.
Reconstruction by heroicrelics.



Thanks to Dr. Dieter M. Zube for translation assistance.