The Queensland Rocketry Society had organised a day in Canberra to visit the Treloar Technology Centre where V2s amongst other rockets are displayed.
More info can be found at: http://ausrocketry.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=805&start=30
Date: 7th July 2008 Location: Treloar Technology Centre, Callan st (off Vicars st).
John H managed to make it and sent us these photos & some notes...
> The guide told us a brief history of the V2. It arrived in Australia in 1947 from England (it was left over from their operation ďbackfireĒ program) & since then itís been all over Australia & was on show here there and everywhere, it was left outside several military bases including Holsworthy for many years & was finally donated to the war memorial.
The Aust Military tried to do some repairs over the years with the result being the smooth white cladding on the mid section of the rocket (see image 7). The original finish was very rough (as it still is on the front & tail of the rocket).
The Germans didn't try to make them look too pretty; they were only going to get used once!! Our Military also painted white over the original camouflage colours & also did some cut outs which can be seen on images 3,4 & 5 to show some of the innards, and painted the nose cone yellow (image 6).
The guide said they intend to restore the V2 back to its original colours & hope to get it on display at the war memorial. Apparently this is one of only 20 left in the world & it has the most complete set of guidance components of all surviving V2ís. The Meillerwagen (mobile launcher) is one of only 3 known to exist and is the most complete of those remaining (shown in images 1 & 6).
The V2 left rotting outside was also donated but is beyond restoration. Itís rusted to pieces but apparently is still useful for getting measurements and it still has some original paintwork on it which they will use as a guide when restoring the other one.
The vanes shown in image 9 are not real, they were made of thin galvanised metal. The real ones were made of a Tungsten alloy. They were driven by a bicycle chain & sprocket that was hooked up to the gyroscopes which gave the rocket guidance. You can see the chain & sprocket in image 10. There were also chain & sprockets in the fins which helped help guide the rocket via small movable flaps.
I have attached a few shots (See images on this page) here of the fin chains which were only visible due to the cover on the fins rusting through!
Images 13-16 are of an Enzian surface to air anti aircraft missile. Only 60 of these were built, not sure how many have survived but I believe they are extremely rare. It was actually made of timber due to a shortage of steel.
It used a main liquid fuelled centre rocket engine with 4 solid boosters. It weighed up to 1800kg when fully loaded with a 500kg war head. It was the first missile to use infrared guidance.
Image 17 is of a Henschel HS293 missile which was a glide bomb with a liquid fuel rocket motor slung underneath (the nose cone is sitting on the floor just out of shot).
It was dropped from under the wing of a bomber then guided by radio control to the target. The operator in the plane had a joy stick & he controlled it via ailerons in itís wings & tail which were hooked up to a radio receiver.
Aprox 1000 of these were made & they sunk quite a few pommy ships. I managed to find a shot of one on the net that is in much better condition. (see last image on this page)
Note the exhaust nozzle is pointed down away from the main body. This motor only burned for around 10 seconds but it gave the unit enough speed to avoid anti aircraft fire.
Image 18 is a Frtiz X glider bomb that was radio controlled by the plane it was dropped from and guided to itís target. No rocket motors on this one. I found a better pic of one on the net. (See images on this page)