Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Fritz Von Opel's rocket powered glider

Impression by Roger Gould, from Early Airplanes, by John Blake, Camden House Books 1974
On Sept 30 1928 Fritz von Opel made a flight in a glider powered by 16 powder rockets, each providing about 50 lbs of thrust. The flight was a success, the craft reaching a top speed of 95 mph. One flight was enough, however and the experiment was abandoned.

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