Today in aviation history – 24th December

On 24th December 1942 in proving ground in Peenemünde was launched first V-1. It was powered by pulse jet engine, reached maximum speed of 645 khm/h and had range of 240 km. V-1 was equipped with a warhead weighing 850 kg. During World War II the total production run of V-1 was 30 thousands, 2/3 of which were launched.