Model, Missile, Jupiter, 1:48

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Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This is a 1:48 scale model of the U.S. Air Force Jupiter intermediate-range ballistic missile. Carrying one nuclear warhead and with a range of 1,500 miles, 30 Jupiters were deployed in Italy in 1960 and 15 in Turkey in 1962. The Jupiters were extremely vulnerable to a first strike because they were based above ground and took several hours to be readied for launch. Because of this vulnerability, and the fact that in the meantime the United States had deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles, the Jupiters were withdrawn from the two countries in 1963. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center made this model and transferred it to NASM in 1972.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

Gift of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Materials

  • Plastic
  • Wood
  • Steel
  • Felt

Dimensions

  • Overall: 1ft 3in. x 2 1/2in. (38.1 x 6.4cm)
  • Overall: 41.28 x 12.7 x 12.7cm (1ft 4 1/4in. x 5in. x 5in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

MODELS-Missiles & Rockets

Inventory Number

A19720990000

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