Model, Missile, Snark

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This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

James S. McDonnell Space Hangar

This is a model of unknown scale of the U.S. Air Force Snark, the nation's first intercontinental guided missile. It had a nuclear warhead, an air-breathing engine, two solid-fuel boosters to assist in take-off, a cruising speed of close to Mach 1, and a range of over 6,300 miles. The missile was deployed with the U.S. Air Force from 1957-1961, at which time the increasing numbers of the larger and more accurate Atlas and Titan intercontinental ballistic missiles rendered the Snark obsolete. John and Cynthia Heyde donated the model to NASM in the late 1980s.