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Lark Missile

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

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.

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

Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corp.

Credit Line

Transferred from U.S. Navy

Materials

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

Dimensions

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)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

Inventory Number

A19710761000

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