Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Right side view of a Colt Armalite AR-15 (M16) assault rifle with bipod and bayonet fixed. US Air Force photograph published to introduce the M16 after it was adopted by the Air Force Tactical Air Command's (TAC) 1st Air Commando Group.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • AR-15 rifle
  • Cold War, 1945-1989
  • M-16 rifle

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Restrictions & Rights

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April 1963

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560



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