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    Dear all,
    Can anyone let me know how long it took a V1 and V2 rocket to travel to London from its launch site.
    An average time for each weapon would be great.
    Cheers
    Gerry

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    Hi Gerry

    Not sure it's that easy to answer, as it would really depend on where it was launched from. It might be easier to work out the distance from your launch site and calculate the time it took based on its speed. I think any time would be an estimate, in any case, as it would also depend on weather conditions, altitude, speed, and so on.

    For the V1:
    Max Flying Time - 2 hours
    Maximum Speed - 625-655 kmph (390-410 mph)
    Typical Altitude - 760 metres (2,500 ft)
    Maximum Altitude - 3,000 metres (10,000 ft)
    Range - 240 km (150 miles) to 400 km (250 miles)

    For the V2:
    Maximum Speed - 5,760 kmph (3,580 mph)
    Maximum Altitude - 206km (128 miles) vertically
    Range - 320km (200 miles)

    Sorry to not give an exact answer, but I hope this helps a little.

    Steve
    41 (F) Squadron RAF at War and Peace, April 1916-March 1946
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    Hi Steve,
    Many thanks for your answer, I appreciate it.
    Kind regards
    Gerry

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    For the V1, at the start of the campaign, the average speed across the coast was recorded as 340mph, although recorded speeds varied from 250 to 420. At this time the launch ramps were in the Pas de Calais area, so if we take an average distance to London as say 130 miles. This gives a time from launch to target of 23 minutes.
    The V1 was also air launched towards London from the east and north-east, so flight times became more variable depending on the release point, as indeed did the accuracy.
    Later on launch ramps in Holland were used, which increased the distance to nearly 200 miles and the flight time up to 30 minutes.

    The V2 took around 5 1/2 minutes to get from the Hague to London, but times from 4 to 7 minutes have been recorded, the variation in this case would be more to do with observation than differences in device.

    Sean.

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    Hello

    I agree with Sean's figures, 22 minutes for the V1 is the usual time given, but as Steve explains, it obviously dépends on the location of the launch site.

    Joss

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    Dear all,
    Thanks for the additional info.
    I recently purchased an original air raid log for Eltham in South London which covers 1940-45.
    The entries from 1942 on are quite detailed and give a lot of info re V1 and V2 attacks.
    Cheers
    Gerry

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