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Blohm & Voss BV 246 glider bomb at RAF Museum, Cosford

The Blohm & Voss BV 246 Hagelkorn (Hailstone) was a guidable glide bomb developed to bomb specific targets (bridges, ships, etc.) once it was released.



This glider was designed by Dr. Richard Vogt, at first under the designation of BV 226, which was later changed to its definitive designation BV 246 on December 12, 1943.

It was usually attached underneath a bomber, like a Heinkel He 111, and was released at high altitude at a distance from its target. This allowed the carrier aircraft to stay out of range of anti-aircraft fire.

The construction of the BV 246 was very simple, so it could be mass produced. It had clean aerodynamics, with high aspect ratio wings that made possible a glide ratio of 25:1. The wings were made of concrete, cast around a steel core. It had a cruciform tail in an early version and a double vertical tail mounted on the sides of a wide horizontal stabilizer in a later version.

When released from a height of 10,500 m, it could achieve a range of 210 km.

Its total weight was 730 kg; this included 435 kg of explosives.

See also




  • Smith, J. Richard and Kay, Anthony. German Aircraft of the Second World War. London: Putnam & Company Ltd., 3rd impression 1978, p. 664-666. ISBN 0-370-00024-2.

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