Atoll Missile


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Atoll Missile

Collection Item Summary:

This is the Atoll, an air-to-air missile of the former Soviet Union. Atoll is the NATO code name for the Soviet K-13, a copy of the U.S. Sidewinder air-to-air, heat-seeking missile. Atoll originated in 1958, when a Sidewinder fired from a Taiwanese F-86 fighter in the Taiwan Strait lodged in an aircraft of the People's Republic of China but did not detonate.

China recovered the missile intact and turned it over to the Soviet Union, which copied the design, mass-produced the missile, and exported Atolls to its client states. The Atoll has the same basic dimensions as the Sidewinder but has been modified over the years and is still in use. This object was donated to the Smithsonian in 1993 by the U.S. Air Force.

Collection Item Long Description:


ca. 1961

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from United States Air Force Museum.


Country of Origin



Overall, metal; glass cover on seeker head in nose of missile; rubber protective cover for heat seeker head.


Other: 5 1/2 in. diameter x 9 ft. 4 in. long x 2 ft. 6 in. wing span, 100 lb. (14 x 284.5 x 76.2cm, 45.4kg)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum


CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

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