Regulus I Cruise Missile


Display Status:

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 Regulus 1 was the first operational U.S. Navy cruise missile. Designed to attack ground targets, it carried a nuclear warhead, flew at subsonic speeds up to an altitude of 9,144 meters (30,000 feet), and had a range of 800 kilometers (500 miles). A turbojet engine powered the missile to its target after two boosters were jettisoned. The missile was deployed on several aircraft carriers, heavy cruisers, and submarines (in watertight containers on the deck) from 1955 to 1964. Radio signals from a control aircraft or other submarines were the primary means of guiding the missile. The Polaris, the first U.S. submarine-launched ballistic missile, replaced the Regulus 1. Chance Vought built this missile and the U.S. Navy transferred it to NASM in 1988.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from the United States Navy.

Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Magnesium Alloy
  • Wood
  • Paint
  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Cadmium Coating
  • Overall metal, with cast magnesium alloy skin bonded to balsa core.


Overall: 9 ft. 6 in. tall x 33 ft. long x 21 ft. wing span x 4 ft. 6 in. diameter (289.56 x 1005.84 x 640.08 x 137.16cm)

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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