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Scheufeln Taifun (Typhoon)

Serial No: n/a
Period: WWII
Reference: 85/O/660
Museum: Cosford
Location: Hangar 1
On Display: Yes

This unguided rocket was mass-produced in 1945 and used in conjunction with more conventional Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA). The weapon design was initiated by Scheufeln (a range officer at Peenemunde) who realised that an extremely cheap and simple alternative to the complex SAM projects was needed, if a SAM was ever to enter service.

Fired from a conventional 88mm gun mount in salvos of up to 30, the rocket could achieve 3,600kph (2,237 mph) in 2.5 seconds and achieve an altitude of 15,000m (49,213ft). The rocket carried the optimum explosive payload to bring down a bomber flying at altitude.

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