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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  • Helmet, Protective, Type M1917, U.S. Army, Used by American Rocket Society
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Credit Line: Gift of G. Edward Pendray
    Date: ca. 1917-1918, ARS Use, ca. 1934-1941
    Type: PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear
  • Helmet, Rocket Belt
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Bill Jack Scientific Instrument Co.
    Credit Line: Gift of William P. "Bill" Suitor
    Date: ca. 1964-1970
    Type: PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear
  • Rocket Belt, Jacket
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: Broadway Knitting Mills
    Credit Line: Gift of William P. Suitor
    Date: ca. 1964-1970
    Type: PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Flight Clothing
  • Flight Boot, Right, Rocket Belt
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: US Keds
    Credit Line: Gift of William P. "Bill" Suitor
    Date: ca. 1964-1970
    Type: PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Footwear
  • Flight Boot, Left, Rocket Belt
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: US Keds
    Credit Line: Gift of William P. "Bill" Suitor
    Date: 1964-1970
    Type: PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Footwear