A-4/V-2 Replica - Huntsville, Alabama
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
(Photos by Jim Jenkins, Michel van Best and Rod Givens)
   Huntsville was still a cotton market town in 1950 when U.S. Sen. John Sparkman brought a band of German rocket scientists to Redstone Arsenal to develop rockets for the U.S. Army. By the end of the decade, Wernher von Braun's team had developed the rocket which orbited America's first satellite. Several of its agencies were migrated to NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in 1960, where they eventually put the first American in space and transported the first astronauts to the Moon. Redstone Arsenal remains one of the U.S. Army's most important strategic posts.

   Shown below are images of the A-4/V-2 replica on exhibit at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This V-2 was originally restored by the workers at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center a few decades ago and was in storage for several years prior to coming to Huntsville. It was again refurbished by group at Huntsville in the early 2000s, along with the construction of an impressive new display area. In recent years the display has been moved and altered.

   In the exhibit you will see the V-2 replica, four display cases (three have A-4 artifacts such as the program device and a pendulum test device), and 18 panels to tell the A-4/V-2 story from the 1920s up to Ft. Bliss/White Sands. The replica has no engine, but there is an engine on display at the complex.

Photos below show the A-4/V-2 replica displayed in various locations at the museum.


Original construction of the replica by Kansas Cosmosphere.


The first V-2 on display at Redstone Arsenal was this sentinal in front
of the Ordnance Guided Missile School (OGMS) in early 1950s

History of Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville Alabama

U.S. Space and Rocket Center
One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Alabama 35805

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