Missile, Air-to-Air, Falcon GAR-1
- Hughes Aircraft Co.
- This is the Falcon, or GAR-1 (Guided Aircraft Rocket), the first of a large family of U.S. air-to-air solid-fuel guided missiles and the first guided air-to-air missile to enter operational service. GAR-1 was radar-guided. The missile had a range of up to five miles and speed of about Mach 2.8. Designed to destroy enemy bombers, it was carried on the F-89-H, F-102A, and F-106A interceptor aircraft.
- Development of the Falcon began in 1947 and it became operational with the U.S. Air Force in 1956. In 1962 GAR-1 was re-designated AIM-4 (Air Interceptor Missile). Several more AIM models later appeared. NASM acquired the missile in 1958 from its developer, the Hughes Aircraft Co.
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- Gift of Hughes Aircraft Co.
- 1954- ca.1962
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- CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets
- Magnesium skin with body and fins of glass fiber-reinforced phenolic plastic
- 3-D (Overall): 196.8 × 43.2 × 45.7cm (6 ft. 5 1/2 in. × 1 ft. 5 in. × 1 ft. 6 in.)
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
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