Published November 06, 2015
DAYTON, Ohio -- Bell XGAM-63 Rascal at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Bell XGAM-63 Rascal in the R&D Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on December 28, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Restoration staff move the Bell XGAM-63 Rascal into the new fourth building at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Oct. 8, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
Rascal being carried by a DB-47 carrier aircraft. After launch, the missile continued toward its predetermined target controlled by a self-contained guidance system. The Rascal's course could also be changed by its carrier aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Please note: This aircraft is in storage.
The Rascal was an air-to-surface, supersonic guided missile tested in the 1950s. It was a “stand-off” nuclear weapon to be launched from Strategic Air Command (SAC) bombers up to 100 miles away from the target.
The Bell Aircraft Corp. delivered this prototype Rascal to the museum in 1958.
Armament: Nuclear warhead
Engine: Bell XLR-67 three-chamber liquid fuel rocket engine of 10,440 lbs. thrust
Maximum speed: About 1,950 mph
Maximum range: 100 miles
Maximum altitude: 65,000 feet
Weight: 18,200 lbs. maximum at launch
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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)