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guided missile
none on board
Argus AS014
600 lbs.
1,360 lbs.
4,750 lbs.
2,337 lbs.
1,050 lbs.
27' 5"
17' 8"
400 mph
4,000 feet
160 miles

Although most commonly known as the V-1 flying bomb, the official name of the vehicle was Fieseler Fi 103. The V-1 flying bomb was also known as the buzz bomb, and doodlebug due to the sound its engine made.

The Fieseler Fi 103 was the world's first successful cruise missile. Rather than being powered by a rocket motor, it used a pulse jet for propulsion. This gave it greater ranger for its size than rocket motors were capable of at the time.

The flying bomb was launched from catapults and from aircraft by Germany against Allied targets. Due to the lack of accuracy of its primitive guidance system, it was used as a weapon against large populations, rather than as a battlefield weapon for tactical purposes.

The V-1 was especially difficult to bring down. It generally flew at altitudes between 2,000 and 3,000 feet at about 400 mph. This was a speed at relatively low altitudes matched by few aircraft of the time.

Even when intercepted by an aircraft, the V-1 had few vulnerable areas where hits would bring it down. There was no pilot, the engine housing and fuel tank were well armored, and the engine itself could take a great deal of punishment before being disabled.

The V-1 flew under the altitude where most large anti aircraft guns were effective, and just high enough so that it was at the maximum range of most smaller weapons.

Only about one in four flying bombs completed their flights. The majority were lost due to guidance system and mechanical failures, as well as anti aircraft defenses.

Approximately 30,000 Fieseler Fi 103 V-1 flying bomb aircraft were produced.

Christer Landberg and his rc V-1 flying bomb.

Pictured above is the rc V-1 flying bomb airplane from a Ron Daniels kit held by its builder, Christer Landberg. It is 1/9 scale with a 27" wingspan and a 34" length. Christer powers his V-1 with an O.S. 10 engine. The radio control airplane can also be powered by a Speed 400 size motor. All up weight is 22 1/2 oz.

The first picture below is of a rc Fieseler Fi 103 built from Traplet Publications plans. Wingspan is 25". Traplet recommends that the V-1 flying bomb rc airplane is powered with a K&P EDF fan unit. Upon completion it should weigh about 13 1/2 oz. The rc airplane is listed under Fieseler Fi.103 V1 Doodlebug plan MW2928.

The second picture below is of the K & A Models rc V-1 flying bomb. It has a wingspan of 37". K & A tells us best power comes from either a Mega 1615-3 or Hacker B 40 motor driving a Mini 480 or 505 fan. Weight is around 2 1/2 lbs. all up.

The bottom picture on this page is of a RC V-1 flying bomb built from My Uncle Willies plans. The plans call for the radio control airplane to have a wingspan of 47" and a length of 56". The V-1 rc airplane is described as "fun scale."  The radio control airplane pictured on this page has been scaled down to 75% of plans. Power can come from an EDF or engine and prop.

If you have built a rc V-1 flying bomb / Fieseler Fi 103 or know of one that you can recommend, please email us.

Traplet Plans rc V-1 flying bomb.

K & A Models rc V-1 flying bomb.

Uncle Willies rc V-1 flying bomb.