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Tiny Tim 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 Tiny Tim air-to-ground missile was the largest American rocket in service during World War II. It weighed 1,250 pounds (567 kg.) and was also designated the 11.75-inch aircraft rocket (its diameter or caliber). The TNT warhead weighed 148.5 lbs (67.3 kg.), which could destroy coastal defense guns, pill boxes, bridges, tanks, and ships. The missile was primarily used by a Marine Corps Air Group and was mounted on F4U aircraft.

Tiny Tims sunk at least one Japanese ship and seriously damaged another. During the Korean War, one Tiny Tim knocked out a key bridge. Visible in this partial cutaway are simulated solid-propellant sticks and the rocket's 24 exhaust nozzles. This object was donated to the Smithsonian by the U.S. Navy in 1964.

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

California Institute of Technology

Materials

Overall, steel; fins, aluminum; simulated propellant, wood, possibly pine; felt in front of propellant grain simulations; copper burst disc, in back of nozzles; two electrical leads for ignition, with transpararent plastic insulation, leading from back of nozzle.

Dimensions

  • Overall: 10 ft. 3 in. long x 11 3/4 in. diameter, 1255 lb. (312.42 x 29.85cm, 569.3kg)
  • Other (Nozzle): 1 1/4 in. diameter (3.18cm)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

1944-1951

Type

CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

Inventory Number

A19660030000

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