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Little John Missile and Launcher

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

Collection Item Summary:

The Little John was a short-ranged (4.5-23 mile), surface-to-surface U.S. Army missile and much lighter and mobile than its larger predecessor, the Honest John. The solid-fuel Little John was developed at the Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama.

Both the missile and its launcher were portable enough to be transportable by helicopter or other aircraft. The system was evaluated in 1958 at Fort Knox, Kentucky, although some shortcomings were found and the Little John did not become operational until 1961. It remained operational for only a brief period. The missile was transferred from the U.S. Army to the Smithsonian in 1986.

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

Douglas Aircraft Company

Credit Line

Transferred from the U.S. Army

Materials

  • Steel
  • Rubber
  • Paint
  • Natural Fabric

Dimensions

  • Overall (rocket): 14 ft. 6 in. long x 1 ft. 1/2 in. diameter x 2 ft. 9 in. wing span, 800 lb. (441.96 x 31.75 x 83.82cm, 362.9kg)
  • Other (launcher): 6 ft. tall x 4 ft. 10 in. wide x 4 ft. 8 in. long, 1350 lb. (182.88 x 147.32 x 142.24cm, 612.4kg)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

Inventory Number

A19860231000

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