Blohm & VOSS BV 246 hagelkorn
Designed for use primarily with He 111s or Ju 88s, the Hagelkorn ‘Hailstone’ was an unpowered flying bomb that could glide to its target after airborne launch. It had a narrow streamlined fuselage and extremely narrow wings with a span of 21ft but a chord of only 9¼in. Although it had no engine, the Bv 246 did have an electric gyroscopic guidance system which made automatic corrections to the rudder to maintain the glider’s course. Further control was given via FUG 103 equipment carried within the launcher aircraft. Tests using four Fw 190s were carried out during the summer of 1944. It had been hoped that the Bv 246 could home in on radio transmitters in England and destroy them but development was still incomplete when the war ended.