Model, Missile, Nike Ajax


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 plastic desktop model of the Nike-Ajax, a U.S. Army ground-launched anti-aircraft missile. These missiles had a solid-fuel motor and booster, a maximum speed of Mach 2.3, a range of 25 miles, and a conventional warhead. Targets were acquired by the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment network radars, whose computers commanded the launch and guided the missile to intercept the beam of a tracking radar. When the missile was close to its target, the computers sent a warhead detonation command. The Nike-Ajax was deployed by the U.S. Army from 1953 into the 1960s, and was also exported to several allied nations.

Douglas Aircraft made the model and donated it to the Museum in 1958.

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 Douglas Aircraft Inc.


Plastic missile and base.


11in. x 2in. (27.94 x 5.08cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America


MODELS-Missiles & Rockets

Inventory Number


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