March 5: The Museum in Washington, DC will open today. Due to weather, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is closed.
This is a 1:40 scale model of the Redstone, a U.S. Army surface-to-surface missile based on mobile launchers. Developed in the 1950s by Werner von Braun and his collegues at Redstone Arsenal, it carried a nuclear warhead and had a range of approximately 250 miles. First deployed in the 1950s in Western Europe, it was replaced completely by the Pershing I by the end of 1963. A modified version of the Redstone formed the basis of the Mercury-Redstone, which launched America's first suborbital manned spaceflights in Project Mercury. The Army Ballistic Missile Agency built this model and donated it to NASM in 1961.
Gift of U.S. Army Ordnance Missile Command