This photo shows the Gantry Crane where the rocket would be launched and the blast pit.
In all, 67 V-2 rockets were assembled and tested at White Sands between 1946 and 1952, providing the U.S. invaluable experience in the assembly, pre-flight testing, handling, fueling, launching, and tracking of large missiles. In the late 1940s, several V-2s were combined with a smaller rocket, the WAC Corporal, to become the first large, multi-stage rockets to be launched in the Western Hemisphere.
Historic American Engineering Record complied photographs and drawings after 1968 of the V-2 Rocket Facilities at White Sands, NM.
|Historical Event:||New Mexico Role in Cold War (1945-89)|
|Sub Event:||German Scientists Move to NM|
|Origin:||Historic American Engineering Record Collection, Library of Congress|
|Author:||Historic American Engineer Record|
- American V-2 Rocket Facilities
- Commemorative Plaque at V2 Gantry Base
- Families Arrive from Germany to join 13 German Expert at White Sands
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