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Rocket, Flying Model, Nike Zeus

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

Collection Item Summary:

This is a Nike-Zeus flying missile model built by L.M. Cox. It is based on the U.S. Army's anti-aircraft missile of the same name that was tested in the late 1950s. The model is plastic with a plastic parachute. A solid propellant rocket motor propels the model, and then at the end of the vertical flight it forces the release of a parachute. The model is then retrieved and can be used again. Not included in this kit are the motor, the launch controller that is used to ignite the motor, and the launch pad from which the model is launched. This model was donated by G. Harry Stine, one of the American pioneers in the hobby of flying models.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Manufacturer

L.M. Cox Mfg. Co.

Credit Line

Gift of G. Harry Stine

Materials

Plastic model w/plastic parachute and string shrouds; retail box is cardboard

Dimensions

  • Other (retail package): 4 in. tall x 1 ft. 9 in. long x 9 in. wide, 1.3 lb. (10.2 x 53.3 x 22.9cm, 0.6kg)
  • Other (model): 18in. (45.72cm)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

MODELS-Missiles & Rockets

Inventory Number

A19930713000

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