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Kettering Bug (Aerial Torpedo) Microfilm Drawings and Index

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Creator:
Kettreing, Charles  Search this
Extent:
0.11 Cubic Feet ((2 boxes))
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Microfilms
Date:
bulk 1917-1920
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of one 35 mm reel of microfilm containing "A" size drawings of the Kettering Bug (Aerial Torpedo), and an 8.5 by 11 inch handwritten index to drawings entitled, "Experimental No's 1 to 3499."
Biographical / Historical:
The Kettering Bug (Aerial Torpedo) was an experimental, unmanned World War I precursor to modern air-to-air and air-to-ground guided missiles. Per a request from the United States Army Aircraft Board, the Kettering Bug was designed by Charles Kettering of Dayton, Ohio, and built by the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company. Orville Wright acted as an aeronautical consultant on the project, while Elmer Ambrose Sperry designed the control and guidance system. The prototype Bug was completed and delivered to the Aviation Section of the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1918, near the end of World War I. The Bug was capable of striking ground targets up to 75 miles (120 km) from its launch point, while traveling at speeds of 50 mph, but despite some successes during initial testing, the Bug was never deployed.
Provenance:
General Motors Company, Gift, 2012
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Kettering Bug (Aerial Torpedo)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Microfilms
Citation:
Kettering Bug (Aerial Torpedo) Microfilm Drawings and Index, Accession 2013-0007, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2013.0007
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2013-0007