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Mighty Mouse Missile

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

Collection Item Summary:

The Mighty Mouse unguided air-to-air missile was usually fired in salvoes from U.S. Navy and Air Force jet fighters. The fins unfolded when the rocket left its firing tube or pod. A single hit by one of these small missiles could destroy an enemy bomber. The Navy Bureau of Ordnance began developing the missile in 1948. Used in the Korean and Vietnam wars, it became standard on many U.S. Navy and Air Force aircraft.

Among the aircraft that carried them were the North American F-86D Sabre, Chance-Vought Cutlass, and Lockheed F-104C Starfighter. They were also used from helicopters like the UH-1 Iroquois, Huey Cobra, and Sikorsky S-67 Blackhawk. This missile was donated to the Smithsonian in 1966 by the U.S. Navy.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Manufacturer

Hunter-Douglas Div., Bridgeport Brass Co.

Credit Line

Transferred from U.S. Navy

Materials

Body, non-ferrous metal; nose section and nose tip, iron or steel; fins, aluminum; nozzles, steel

Dimensions

Overall: 3 ft. 6 in. long x 2 3/4 in. diameter x 1 ft. 3 3/4 in. wing span(106.68 x 6.99 x 40.01cm)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

ca. 1960s

Type

CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

Inventory Number

A19660372000

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