Missile, Cruise, Air-launched, AGM-86A

This is an unflown AGM-86A, the first version of the U.S. Air Force's air-launched cruise missile (ALCM). Designed to carry either a conventional or nuclear warhead, it had a turbofan jet engine, flew at subsonic speeds, had a range of 1,125 kilometers (700 miles), and used an inertial navigation system with terrain-contour matching radar. Because the missile flew close to the ground, it was difficult for enemy radars to detect. Most AGM-86As were used in flight tests in 1976, and none became operational. Subsequent versions of the ALCM with conventional or nuclear warheads and a longer range have been produced and deployed on B-1 and B-52 bombers. Made by Boeing, this artifact was donated by the U.S. Air Force to NASM in 1978.

Transferred from the United States Air Force.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Boeing Aerospace Company

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Rockets & Missiles

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

Materials
Aluminum
Dimensions
Overall: 14 ft. x 9 ft. 6 in. span (426.72 x 289.56cm)

This is an unflown AGM-86A, the first version of the U.S. Air Force's air-launched cruise missile (ALCM). Designed to carry either a conventional or nuclear warhead, it had a turbofan jet engine, flew at subsonic speeds, had a range of 1,125 kilometers (700 miles), and used an inertial navigation system with terrain-contour matching radar. Because the missile flew close to the ground, it was difficult for enemy radars to detect. Most AGM-86As were used in flight tests in 1976, and none became operational. Subsequent versions of the ALCM with conventional or nuclear warheads and a longer range have been produced and deployed on B-1 and B-52 bombers. Made by Boeing, this artifact was donated by the U.S. Air Force to NASM in 1978.

Transferred from the United States Air Force.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Boeing Aerospace Company

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Rockets & Missiles

Type
CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

Materials
Aluminum
Dimensions
Overall: 14 ft. x 9 ft. 6 in. span (426.72 x 289.56cm)

ID: A19781809000