Rockets and Missiles

The rocket, a reaction-propulsion device that carries all of its propellants internally, has been around for almost a millennium since its invention in China. But the twentieth-century saw a technological explosion of new rocket-propulsion systems, using both solid and liquid propellants. Rocket-powered vehicles were developed for two primary purposes: spaceflight and weaponry. Guided missiles also appeared in the mid-twentieth century with air-breathing propulsion systems, and these are included in the National Air and Space Museum’s Rockets and Missiles collection. Among its highlights are: the world’s best collection of artifacts from American rocket pioneer Robert Goddard, an extensive collection of German World War II missile and rocket artifacts, a large number of American Cold War missiles and launch vehicles, and rocket engines from small thrusters to a gigantic F-1 motor from the Saturn V Moon rocket.

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  • Rocket Engine, Liquid Fuel, H-1
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Rocketdyne Division, Rockwell International Corporation
    Credit Line: Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Date: ca. 1958-1975
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Rocket Engine, Liquid Fuel, H-1
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Rocketdyne Division, Rockwell International Corporation
    Credit Line: Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Date: ca. 1958-1975
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Rocket Engine, Liquid Fuel, H-1
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Rocketdyne Division, Rockwell International Corporation
    Credit Line: Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Date: ca. 1958-1975
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Model, Missile, V-2, 1:40
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Estes Industries, Inc.
    Credit Line: Gift of Estes Industries
    Date: ca. 1970 (model)
    Type: MODELS-Missiles & Rockets
  • Rocket, Sounding, Aerobee 150
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Aerojet General Corp.
    Credit Line: Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Date: ca. 1955-1970
    Type: CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets
  • Rocket Engine, Liquid Fuel, H-1
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Rocketdyne Division, Rockwell International Corporation
    Credit Line: Gift of the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International
    Date: ca. 1958-1975
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Launch Stand, V-2 Missile
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Manufacturer: F. X. Meiller, Maschinenbaufabrik & Wagenbauanstalt, Germany
    G. M. Pfaff AG, Kaiserslautern, Germany
    Credit Line: Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Date: Gallery 114, 1976-
    Type: EQUIPMENT-Miscellaneous
  • Rocket Engine, Liquid Fuel, H-1
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Rocketdyne Division, Rockwell International Corporation
    Credit Line: Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Date: ca. 1958-1975
    Type: PROPULSION-Rocket Engines
  • Motor, Model Rocket, Solid Propellant, Yugoslav
    Country of Origin: Yugoslavia
    Manufacturer: Krusix
    Credit Line: Gift of G. Harry Stine
    Date: 1970
    Type: MODELS-Missiles & Rockets
  • Motor, Model Rocket, West German
    Country of Origin: Germany
    Manufacturer: Unknown
    Credit Line: Gift of G. Harry Stine
    Date: 1972
    Type: MODELS-Missiles & Rockets
  • Motors, Model Rocket, Kit, Estes Firing Line
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Estes Industries, Inc.
    Credit Line: Gift of G. Harry Stine
    Date: 1970
    Type: MODELS-Missiles & Rockets
  • Rocket, Flying Model, Screaming Eagle
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Centuri Engineering
    Credit Line: Gift of G. Harry Stine
    Date: ca. 1972
    Type: MODELS-Missiles & Rockets