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SA-2 Guideline Missile


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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

SA-2 Guideline Missile

Collection Item Summary:

Developed by the Soviet Union, the SA-2 has been the most widely used air defense missile in the world. In the Soviet Union it was called the Dvina; in the West it was known by its NATO code name, SA-2 Guideline (SA meaning surface-to-air). SA-2s became operational in 1959 and were acquired by all Soviet client states. In 1960 an SA-2 downed the American U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers.

The SA-2 had a solid-fuel booster and a liquid-fuel second stage. Many countries made their own versions of the missile. This one, meant for export, is mounted on a transporter and required a separate launcher. SA-2s are still in use today. This object was donated to the Smithsonian in 1985 by the U.S. Navy.

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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 U.S. Navy


Steel alloys and titanium


  • Overall (maximum): 34 ft. 6 in. long x 2 ft. 4 in. diameter x 7 ft. 3 in. wing span(1051.56 x 71.12 x 220.98cm)
  • Other (sustainer section): 1 ft. 7 in. diameter x 5 ft. 6 in. wing span(48.26 x 167.64cm)
  • Other (Trailer): 90 in. wide (228.6cm)

Country of Origin

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics


CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

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