The V-2 rocket was the first man-made object ever to enter outer space, on June 20th, 1944 (over 550,000 feet altitude - as opposed to Virgin Galactic's 2021 maximum altitude of 262,000 feet). While originally designed by Germany during World War II as a weapon, the V-2 was mankind's first venture beyond planet Earth. Examples of production V-2s were exported to the United States after the war, where they served as the technological foundation for NASA and its rockets to follow.
These pieces of V-2 were excavated from the area of Peenemunde test site, where these rockets were designed, tested, and produced, in 2008. Plans to extend a highway through the area prompted locals, and historians, to save what the could. A fair amount of buried V-2 parts were uncovered, and, later, acquired by Cole's Aircraft. Most of our material was distributed as relic displays in 2018 - 2019, but we're parting with the few pieces we held back for gallery display, and Ron Cole created new artwork for this limited run of wall-hanging displays, that depicts the test A-4/V-2 reaching outer space in June 1944. While certainly rusty, these pieces still show some traces of original dark green protective paint.
Signed & numbered by the artist. 13 x 19-inches, framed and ready to hang.
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