Lark Ground-to-Air Guided Missile Cutaway, 1950
Even though development of the Lark began during World War II, it was not finished in time to assist U.S. troops. Development picked up again during 1946-1950, and it was used mainly for testing at sea.
The real soul of the Lark was in its “brain”: a set of guidance controls (shown on the cutaway), which made this 1,200 pound missile the “first U.S. surface-to-air missile ever to intercept a moving air target,” according to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.
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