Commemorative Plaque at V2 Gantry Base

The development of the large liquid fueled rocket, which has profoundly affected events in the twentieth century, was initiated by the Germans in the 1930s and, after World War II, continued by the United States at White Sands Proving Ground (now White Sands Missile Range). 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. Additionally, scientific experiments conducted in conjunction with the V-2 program yielded significant information about the upper atmosphere and other areas of research, including the effects of space on mammals.
Documents were complied after 1968

Document Type: Photograph
Historical Event: New Mexico Role in Cold War (1945-89)
Sub Event: German Scientists Move to NM
Origin: Library of Congress
Date: December 30, 1968
Author: Historic American Engineer Record
Permission: Public Domain
Contributor: Tammie Torres
Albuquerque Historical Society

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