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V2 Rocket in Mitchell

p1 17 January 2008 28

After reading the resurrected “The incredible expanding War Memorial” thread the other day, I was driving past the AWM’s facility in Mitchell, and there does appear to be, in the yard out the back, a V2 Rocket . It is amazing what is lying around the city that you don’t know about until it is pointed out to you.

V2 Rocket in Mitchell

It is also amazing that a thread can last years, then go down hill so fast.

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Thumper 10:12 am 21 Jan 08

And I emailed in a heaps of shots of Ginninderra creek that I took on Saturday in the rain…

Bueller? Bueller? Anyone…..

Gungahlin Al 10:06 am 21 Jan 08

I’ve emailed the photos I promised through to the root@ email address twice. Any chance they’ll get posted guys?

hingo 12:44 pm 20 Jan 08

Apparently at least 20 still exist. 4 are in the UK, 2 in Australia (both in Canberra), roughly 7 in the US, one in France, and only one complete rocket in Germany funny enough. Doesn’t appear to be many complete examples.

Thumper 12:17 am 19 Jan 08

Cool photo.

I wonder how many other cities in the world happen to have a V2 just laying around.

Apart from London….

Gerry-Built 8:06 pm 18 Jan 08

@ Thumper – “snap!” That was the same picture that entered my mind too 😉

@ Hingo – It’d make a wonderful garden ornament armament… I wouldn’t mind a couple either – it’d sure put garden gnomes and flamingos to shame. Even just a small pottery one… hmmmmm… business idea :/

hingo 4:03 pm 18 Jan 08

I’ll take the V2 off their hands for nothing if they want. At least I could manage to put a tarp over the thing. V2’s are rare as hens teeth and its sad to see it rusting away out there.

Thumper 3:34 pm 18 Jan 08

Dr Strangelove?

p1 3:18 pm 18 Jan 08

mmm, i’m pretty sure no one rode to war on a V2. Although any Australians in the wrong part of the UK may have been targets…

Thumper 3:11 pm 18 Jan 08


That’s true…

Skidbladnir 3:05 pm 18 Jan 08

But they didn’t fly into battle on V2s.

Thumper 2:58 pm 18 Jan 08

Australians flew in the battle of Britain…

Gungahlin Al 2:51 pm 18 Jan 08

Mael: perhaps because one is directly linked to Australian history, the other is more Britain’s?

caf 12:28 pm 18 Jan 08

It’d be a neat gate guard.

Mælinar 12:12 pm 18 Jan 08

Perhaps they should consider loaning/donating it to a RSL. Individual RSL are extremely capable of looking after discrete objects, moreover, they would be absolutely chuffed if an army truck pulled up with a V2 on the back.

Thumper 12:02 pm 18 Jan 08

Sadly the AWM doesn’t have unlimited funding and conservation and correct storage of these objects is extremely costly.

Thus, some objects are going to have to be allowed to degrade faster than others.

See this site

Mælinar 11:51 am 18 Jan 08

I don’t think we’d be so foolhardy with Ned Kelly’s third gun, why should we be treating this any differently ?

Gungahlin Al 11:40 am 18 Jan 08

Mael, there’s a perfectly good V2 inside, and a V1 as well (plus there’s a V1 in the main AWM). So I guess it’s a case of how many does one need?
Intriguing to look insode the old one though – the controls are SO rudimentary it was truly amazing that such a thing could find its way all the way to the target without even the semblance of a computer…

MWest 11:38 am 18 Jan 08

There is also a restored V2 on a trailer inside the building and a Me 163 Komet rocket fighter on display in the ANZAC Hall at the War Memorial proper. Some details about the history of the Komet, complete with photos, can be found here.

Mælinar 11:25 am 18 Jan 08

Lest we forget that this thing being left out in the elements was created in anger by people hostile to our way of life.

When it has rusted through, and is subject to disposal, some of that memory will be lost.

I do not think it is being cared for responsibly. RSL’s do better jobs with their cannons.

Gungahlin Al 9:54 am 18 Jan 08

The Big Things open day is in August annually. I’ve emailed some pics from inside through to the RA boys.

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