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This is a 1/3 scale wind tunnel model of the High-Velocity Aircraft Rocket (HVAR). The wires were used to transmit data from the model while in the wind tunnel. The testing history of this model is unknown.
Also designated the Holy Moses, the HVAR was an air-to-surface missile which was widely used by the Army Air Forces and Navy in World War II against both sea and land targets. The missile had a maximum velocity of 1530 km/h (950 mph) and a maximum range of about 5 km (3 miles). More than one million were built before production ended in 1955.
The U.S. Navy transferred this model to the Museum in 1959.
This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Country of Origin
United States of America
David Taylor Model Basin
Cylindrical with nosecone and four fixed rectangular, cruciform fins at base, and mounts for attaching to aircraft; also has electrical wires attached for data pickup when tested in wind tunnel.
Approximate: 5.1 x 58.4cm (2 x 23 in.) Materials
Wood and ferrous and non-ferrous metal Inventory Number
Transferred from the U.S. Navy
National Air and Space Museum
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