Collection Item Summary:
This is an unflown AGM-86A, the first version of the U.S. Air Force's air-launched cruise missile (ALCM). Designed to carry either a conventional or nuclear warhead, it had a turbofan jet engine, flew at subsonic speeds, had a range of 1,125 kilometers (700 miles), and used an inertial navigation system with terrain-contour matching radar. Because the missile flew close to the ground, it was difficult for enemy radars to detect. Most AGM-86As were used in flight tests in 1976, and none became operational. Subsequent versions of the ALCM with conventional or nuclear warheads and a longer range have been produced and deployed on B-1 and B-52 bombers. Made by Boeing, this artifact was donated by the U.S. Air Force to NASM in 1978.
Collection Item Long Description:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Transferred from the United States Air Force.
Overall: 14 ft. x 9 ft. 6 in. span (426.72 x 289.56cm)
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United States of America
CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets