This is a model of unknown scale of the Sidewinder, an air-to-air missile originally developed for the U.S. Navy in the early 1950s. One of many versions produced through the years, the AIM-9D was built by Raytheon and had a conventional warhead, a solid-fuel motor, infrared guidance, a maximum speed of Mach 2.5, and a range of 11 miles. Limited numbers were deployed with the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s. The other versions of the Sidewinder have been deployed on a wide variety of U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force aircraft, as well as being exported to a number of allied nations. John and Cynthia Heyde donated this model to NASM on an unknown date.
Gift of John S. and Cynthia H. Heyde.