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Fort Bliss in El Paso County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

V2 Rocket

 
 
V2 Rocket Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 5, 2014
1. V2 Rocket Marker
Inscription.  Developed in Germany, the V-2 was the first liquid fueled rocket to see combat. Approximately 3,170 launches were made between September 1944 – March 1945 targeting Belgium, London and Paris. The V-2 development program used a large portion of the GNP of wartime Germany with varied political, propaganda and military results. The technology gained from the V-2 formed the basis for subsequent rocketry development throughout the world.

Length: 56 ft. • Weight: 28,310 lbs
Speed: 3,270 mph • Range 220 miles
Fuel: liquid • Ceiling: 244 miles

 
Location. 31° 49.31′ N, 106° 25.786′ W. Marker is in Fort Bliss, Texas, in El Paso County. Marker is on Marshall Road 0.7 miles north of Cassidy Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker and subject rocket are located on Fort Bliss Army Base, within the large military equipment exhibit directly in front of the Fort Bliss & Old Ironsides Museum entrance. The exhibit and museum are generally open to the public during normal business hours, after gaining clearance and
V2 Rocket (<i>marker is located on opposite side of rocket</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 5, 2014
2. V2 Rocket (marker is located on opposite side of rocket)
access through the Fort Bliss main gate. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1735 Marshall Road, El Paso TX 79906, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. AH-1F COBRA Attack Helicopter (a few steps from this marker); "General of the Army Omar N. Bradley Flagpole" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mexican War Refugee Camp (about 300 feet away); Pearl Harbor Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Building 1372 (approx. half a mile away); Building 1355 (approx. half a mile away); Second Expansion Period Group (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historical Building 241 - The Guardhouse, 1893 (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Bliss.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a painted and weathered metal plaque, mounted horizontally on a waist-high post, on the west side of the V2 Rocket exhibit.
 
Also see . . .  V2: The Nazi rocket that launched the space age. Despite his complicity in the Nazi mission, the engineer who designed the V2, Wernher von Braun, came to be feted as a hero of the space age. The Allies realized that the V2 was a machine, unlike anything they had developed themselves. Fuelled by liquid ethanol and oxygen, it was much more sophisticated that anything built before and effectively the world’s first space rocket. One of the most important new technologies developed for the V2 was an automatic guidance system, which operated independently of controllers on the ground. When the war
V2 Rocket (<i>wide view; marker is obscured by tank in front of the rocket</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 5, 2014
3. V2 Rocket (wide view; marker is obscured by tank in front of the rocket)
ended, the Americans, Soviets and British scrambled to get their hands on V2 technology. With no desire to work for Stalin, Von Braun made a shrewd decision to surrender to the Americans, while the Russians got their hands on the V2 factory and test range. (Submitted on March 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 1, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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