Flight tests of the V-2 rocket

Numbers of experiments are only numbers on this page. Dating of experiments is without guarantee. Numbers of cameras are here: About motion picture films

Peenemuende:

Start 1 , P7, perhaps 3.10. 1942 : First rockets had only chess camouflages with 9 B&W fields in tail section- see images. Space between two opposing couples of vanes containes black transverse band on the white field and the space on the opposite side of rocket  has reverse color scheme. During first experiments  servicing platform was at the right side of rockets but at the end of 1942  was moved to the place between rocket and servicing trench. During first experiments cable pole wasn´t used and cables hanged from servicing platform.

Start 2 ,P7, one of the first experiments of 1942 :

Start 3, P7,autumn 1942 :

Start 4 , P7, 12.12. 1942 : At take-off engine produced only very weak thrust (about 170 kN) and then problems with guidance system occured. At the height of about 30m hydrogen peroxide exploded and rocket fell down near control room.

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Start 24, P7, 7.January 1943 : Explosion of the rocket No.10 on ignition.

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Start 5 ,P7, spring 1943 : On the spring of 1943 chess camouflage simplified in tail section to longitudinal line with reverse color than background.The most typical camouflage from spring 1943 is Start 8.

Start 6 ,P7, spring 1943 :

Start 7 ,P7, spring 1943 :

Start 8 , P7, 29.6. 1943 : This experiment was visited by Himmler, rocket fell on airport.

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Start 25, P7, spring 1943 : Rocket, typical of spring 1943, maybe second firing on the 29.June 1943

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Start 9 , P7, 1.7. 1943 : Very known failure of A-4.

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Start 10 ,P7, 9.7. 1943 : Very similar failure as Start 9 but rocket fell to opposite side and lie down for some time before explosion.

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Start 11 ,P10, 9. 7. 1943 : Rocket fell on pump building.

Start 12 ,P7, July 1943 : One of the first experiments after early July explosions.

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Start 13 ,P7, spring-summer 1943 :

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Start 14 ,P7, 1943-1944: Solid olive green rocket from serial production.

Start 15 ,P7, 1943-1944 :

Start 16 ,P7, perhaps 17.3. 1944 : Probably rocket with serial number 17047.

Start 17 ,P7, winter 1943/44 : Simplified chess camouflage was used till the end of war only on rockets which carried equipment for development purpose. It was used during operation  "Backfire" too.

Start 18 ,P7, spring 1944 : Rockets were fired from second firing site on the right side of P-7 too.

Start 19 ,P7, 1944 : Different operational camouflages were tested during summer 1943. But motion picture films with motley rockets are rare. I have only films with official field camouflaged rockets from spring 1944 "Gezackt" consisted from fields in colors RAL 9003 Signal White, RAL 6003 Olive Green and RAL 7028 Earth Gray

Start 20 ,P7, 1944 : In original is this sequence definitlely in color.

Start 21 ,P7, 1944 : Best of the best "Gezackt" A-4 failure. Black smoke is from burning oil from servos. 

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Start 22 ,P7, after 18.7. 1944 : At the background of rocket we can see hardly damaged wall of arena after bombardment from 18.7. 1944.

Start 23 ,P10, 24.1. 1945 : Rare images from succesfull A4-b take-off. First A4-b exploded on the 8.1. 1945.

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Shots from unidentified sites (Peenemuende, Blizna, Duindigt, Karlshagen...):

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Start 2 : The most of rockets from serial production from spring 1944 failured by this way (till 20.3.1944 even 80 %).

Start 3 :(P10)

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Start 6 :(P10)

Start 7 :(P10)