Missile, Air-to-Air, Phoenix; also Designated AIM 54


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:

This is a solid-fuel, air-to-air, long-range Phoenix tactical missile, designated AIM 54A. U.S. Navy and Marines Corps aircraft, such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, could fire six missiles simultaneously at different targets and in all weather conditions. Capable of traveling at five times the speed of sound, the Phoenix had a radar homing capability and an operational range of 100 miles.

The Navy and Marines Corps retired the Phoenix, a derivative of the earlier Falcon family of air-to-air missiles, in 2004, after thirty years of service.

Transferred to NASM from the U.S. Navy Air Systems Command in 1982.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


Credit Line

Transferred from U.S. Navy


Honeycomb material with metals


Overall: 13 ft. 2 in. long x 1 ft. 3 in. diameter, 1100 lb. (401.32 x 38.1cm, 499kg)

Country of Origin

United States of America


CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

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