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Sparrow 2 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.

Sparrow 2 Missile

Collection Item Summary:

This is the U.S. Navy Sparrow 2 air-to-air missile, designed and built by the Douglas Aircraft Company. It was a highly maneuverable missile designed for U.S. Navy aircraft and was similar to the Sparrow 1, America's first operational air-to-air guided missile, but the Sparrow 2 had a more advanced guidance system.

The Sparrow family of missiles originated in 1946 and became one of the largest and most important missile programs for the United States, NATO, and other U.S. allies. A branch of the Sparrow family exists today as the AIM series of missiles.

This missile was donated to the Smithsonian in 1959 by the U.S. Naval Missile Center.

Collection Item Long Description:

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National Air and Space Museum


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

Credit Line

Transferred from U.S. Navy


Aluminum and steel; fiberglass nosecone


Overall: 9 in. wide x 7 ft. 5 in. long (22.86 x 226.06cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America




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