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Missile, Air-to-Air, Henschel Hs 298, Control Surface Locks


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:

Dr. Herbert Wagner's missile group at Henschel Aircraft in World War II Germany designed the Hs 298 as a small, experimental, air-to-air missile. A Schmidding solid rocket propelled it for about 25 seconds, and the pilot in the launch aircraft guided it using a joystick and transmitter.

These locks hold the missile's control surfaces in place during shipment and loading of the missile. The Smithsonian presumably obtained them along with the missile when the U.S. Navy transferred the Hs 298 in 1948.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


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

Credit Line

Transferred from the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics


  • Steel
  • Paint
  • Putty


Each: 9 1/16" x 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Country of Origin



CRAFT-Missiles & Rocket Parts

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