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Genghis the Engineer
22nd Dec 2006, 17:31
Spotted about a month ago in the restoration hangar at Duxford, no sign and nobody to ask - can anybody enlighten me?



Rallye Driver
22nd Dec 2006, 17:41
It's a Ruhrstahl SD1400 X "Fritz-X" radio-guided rocket bomb used against Allied shipping targets in the Mediterranean. It was quickly found that the guidance system could be jammed, but a number of ships were hit and sunk.

Dr Illitout
22nd Dec 2006, 17:43
Hi G It's a German bomb called Fritz X Don't know much more than that though, bombs aint my thing. Why I remember it's name is a mystery!!:confused:

Rgds Dr I

Edit: You are fast fast Rallye Driver!

22nd Dec 2006, 18:23
It is a big berm.

22nd Dec 2006, 23:45
It's fer cleaning the drains out, does a good job too!


23rd Dec 2006, 02:44
Dunno ...but I'll bet Hannah Reitsch flew one :hmm:

Genghis the Engineer
23rd Dec 2006, 08:38
Damn that was fast, thanks folks, yet again I am educated by Pprune.


23rd Dec 2006, 14:24
Have a look at the deatials on the RAF Cosford Museum pages.


23rd Dec 2006, 17:40
ISTR that one sank an Italian battleship - the Roma.

Saab Dastard
24th Dec 2006, 20:16
IIRC, these feature on the Airfix model of the He177, the 4-engine, 2-propellor bomber. Nice model, crap aircraft!


Load Toad
24th Dec 2006, 23:41
No - I think you're wrong. He said whilst trying to remember modelling the He177 25 odd years ago. The missile on the Airfix model had a rocket motor underneath the main body....
Hs. 293
There is some info here:

25th Dec 2006, 08:35
Found it!

When I was a spotty yoof, I was given for Christmas the 1966 Aircraft Annual (Ian Allen)

In it there is an article called "The First Generation" by Alfred Price A.R.Ae.S which details the development and use of three weapons; the X1, the Hs293 glider bomb and the X4 which was a wire guided air to air missile. The deployment of the X1 seems very risky, because of the requirement of the bomber to slow down on release to around 120 mph in order for it to arrive directly over the target at the time of impact. The bomb aimer would just need to keep the weapons` tracking flare superimposed on the target.

As soon as the Salerno bridgehead had been established complete with forward airstrips, spitfires arrived on the scene and the naval forces received the necessary air support, and German bombers could not maintain the steady and slow flight path required to make successful attacks.

"From September 9th to 19th 1943 the missile sank some 68000 tons of shipping and damaged a futher 90000 tons. For the remainder of the war, however, the X1 did not achieve a single success"

3rd Jan 2007, 18:42
it looks more like a chain to me! :) :}