Missile, Air-to-Ground, Falcon AGM-76A
- Hughes Aircraft Co.
- This is the AGM-76A, an air-to-ground version of the Falcon missile that usually appeared as an air-to-air weapon. The parachute cord strands attached to it were to see how the air flowed over the missile during aerodynamic tests. The short-lived AGM-76 concept was developed by Hughes Aircraft Company in 1966.
- The AIM-47 air-to-air missile was to be converted into a fast, long-range missile called AGM-76 to destroy enemy surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites in North Vietnam before the launch aircraft came into the lethal zone of the SAM missile. But after the AGM-76 concept was approved by the Air Force, the U.S. Navy promoted an air-to-ground version of its existing Standard missile developed for this purpose, and Standard won. This object was donated to the Smithsonian in 1970 by Hughes Aircraft.
- Alternate Name
- Falcon AGM-76A Missile
- Credit Line
- Transferred from the Hughes Aircraft Co.
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- CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets
- Fuselage, mainly composite fiber material wrapped with adhesive coating, that gave the unpainted structure a yellow-tan color; nose, partly of wood; fins, rear, probably magnesium; fins, front, composite, apparently with a metal base, probably of stainless steel; radome, ceramic material; rear body end, aluminum; air tufts, synthetic fiber, possibly parachute cord; adhesive holding air tufts to bod, apparently an epoxy putty.
- Overall: 13 ft. 5 in. long x 1 ft. 1 1/2 in. diameter x 2 ft. 9 in. span, 225 lb. (408.94 x 34.29 x 83.82cm, 102.1kg)
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
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- National Air and Space Museum Collection
- Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
- Exhibit Station
- Rockets & Missiles
- National Air and Space Museum
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