Lark Missile


Display Status:

This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Lark Missile

Collection Item Summary:

The Lark was an early U.S. Navy surface-to-air, liquid-propellant, rocket-propelled missile built by the Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corporation, and was usually launched from the decks of ships with the help of solid propellant boosters. It carried a 100-pound warhead and had a range of about 38 miles.

The design of the Lark began in 1944, but it was not developed in time for use in World War II. It was used extensively from 1946-1950 as a test missile, providing valuable experience to U.S. military personnel in the handling and deployment of missiles. Some flights were made at sea. The Lark was also the first U.S. surface-to-air missile ever to intercept a moving air target. This object was donated to the Smithsonian in 1971 by the U.S. Navy.

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Credit Line

Transferred from U.S. Navy

Country of Origin

United States of America


Fuselage around motor, aluminum; central section of fuselage, steel; guidance section, aluminum; motor, non-ferrous metal, possible stainless steel; fins, fiberglass and a rigid styrofoam; flaps on fins, wood; tank bolts, steel


Overall: 4 ft. wide x 14 ft. 8 in. long x 1 ft. 6 in. diameter x 6 ft. 3 in. wing span, 1200 lb. (121.92 x 447.04 x 45.72 x 190.5cm, 544.3kg)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

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