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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:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Manufacturer

Douglas Aircraft Company

Credit Line

Transferred from U.S. Navy

Materials

Aluminum and steel; fiberglass nosecone

Dimensions

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

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

1958

Type

CRAFT-Missiles & Rocket Parts

Inventory Number

A19590099000

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