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AGM-86A Cruise Missile


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Rockets and Missiles exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

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:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


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

Credit Line

Transferred from the United States Air Force.




Overall: 14 ft. x 9 ft. 6 in. span (426.72 x 289.56cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America


CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

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