Model, Missile, Polaris A-1, 1:16


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 1:16 scale model of the Polaris A-1, America's first submarine-launched ballistic missile. It carried one nuclear warhead, had a range of approximately 1,400 miles, and was deployed during the 1960s. The missile was replaced by the Polaris A-2 which also carried a single nuclear warhead but had a longer range. Lockheed Missiles and Space made this model and donated it to NASM in 1961.

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 Lockheed


wood, paint, brass, plastic, felt, paper


  • Overall (on base): 81.92 x 24.77 x 14.61cm (2ft 8 1/4in. x 9 3/4in. x 5 3/4in.)
  • Approximate (model): 8.89 x 80.01cm (3 1/2in. x 2ft 7 1/2in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


MODELS-Missiles & Rockets

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