Minuteman III Missile


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Space Race exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This a training version of the Minuteman III intercontinental-range ballistic missile, deployed since 1970 by the U.S. Air Force. A three-stage, solid-fuel missile, Minuteman IIIs until recently carried up to three independently targeted Mk 12A nuclear warheads a maximum distance of 13,000 km (8,000 miles). They now carry a single nuclear warhead pursuant to arms control agreements between the United States and Russia. Made by Boeing, this missile was donated by the U.S. Air Force.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from the United States Air Force.


Country of Origin

United States of America


Overall, steel and titanium alloys with portions impregnated glass fiber and aluminum honeycomb; nosecone covered with sprayed-on ablative coating; some cork ablative panels on airframe


Overall: 59 ft. 8 9/16 in. tall x 6 ft. diameter (18.201m, 182.88cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


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