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:
National Air and Space Museum
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
Transferred from the United States Air Force.
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)
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United States of America
CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets