Missile, Air-to-Air, Ruhrstahl X-4, Aft Skin Panels
- Ruhrstahl AG
- The German X-4 was a small air-to-air missile of World War II that could be fired at heavily armed Allied bombers from a distance. To prevent jamming, guidance was by wires running between the missile and launch aircraft, rather than by radio. Slated for use on the Me 262 jet fighter, the X-4 could also have been fired from such piston-engine aircraft as the Ju 88, Ju 388, and Fw 190, all of which launched test missiles beginning in August 1944. Ruhrstahl produced 1,000 X-4 airframes in late 1944, but an Allied air raid destroyed the BMW engines and production lines, a blow from which the program never recovered.
- The Smithsonian obtained these skin panels from the X-4's rear fuselage as part of the the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics' transfer of World War II missile artifacts in 1948.
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- Transferred from the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics
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- CRAFT-Missile & Rocket Parts
- Galvanized steel
- Tinned copper?
- Rubber (Silicone)
- Synthetic Fabric
- Overall (Each Panel): 2ft 7/8in. x 4 7/8in. x 1in. (63.18 x 12.38 x 2.54cm)
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- National Air and Space Museum
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