This is a model of unknown scale of the AIM-54A, the earliest version of several Phoenix air-to-air missiles built by Hughes exclusively for use on the U.S. Navy's F-14 Tomcat. It has a solid-fuel motor, a maximum speed of Mach 3.8, a range of over 115 miles, a conventional warhead, and is radar guided. First deployed in 1974, there are a limited number of AIM-54As still in service. John and Cynthia Heyde donated this model to NASM on an unknown date.
Gift of John S. and Cynthia H. Heyde.