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:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Corp.
Transferred from U.S. Navy
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)
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Country of Origin
United States of America
CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets