July 17, 1928, Friedrichshohe, Harz, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. Trial run of an Eisfeld-Valier propulsion system on a simple rail car (chassis mounted on steel wheels) running on the Harz Narrow Gauge Railway ,in central Germany. A man fits rocket boosters in the chassis. A flag marks the start point. The car leaves the start point and attains speed of over 100 Km per hour. Spectators stand near the track. July 25, 1928. Another trial run of the rocket-propelled rail car. Men near Eisfeld-Valier-Rak-1propelled rail car on tracks. Men fit rocket boosters in the car. The boosters are ignited. The car attains a speed of 180 Km per hour. July 26, 1928. Official speed run of the Eisfeld-Valier-Rak 1rail car at Stiege, Germany. On this third run, the car reached 180 km / hr but continues its strong acceleration, causing it to derail and fly off the track at a speed estimated to be 300 Km per hour.
Weltraum Schiff I Startet Eine Technische Fantasie. German science fiction film depicts the launch of a space ship by animation with special effects. A man talks about a rocket launch to an audience. People sit and take notes. He also answers the questions of the audience. Animated pictures show a space ship's trip to moon. Posters of various German Dornier airplanes line the lecture room, including: Dornier Do 17; Dornier Do 24 3-engined flying boat; Do-X 6-engined flying boat; Dornier Do J II Wal; and Dornier Do-19 aircraft. German launch of a rocket from a trough type launcher. Igniter being wired to rockets on the Opel RAK-2 rocket propelled car. Max Valier sitting in his rocket propelled car Valier RAK-6. Fritz Von Opel sitting in his rocket propelled car, Opel RAK-2. Fritz Von Opel driving his rocket propelled car, Opel RAK-2 at Avus track in Berlin on May 23, 1928.
Year given for film (1928) is wrong. A picture an aircraft in the background is a Dornier Do 17, dating it to after 1935. By the radial engines, the Do-17 is likely a M or later model, which would date the film to 1937 or later.
An Opel-Sander Rak-3 car on a track for a test drive on 23rd June, 1928 in Germany. Men fix rocket boosters on the car. The car moves at a high speed. It releases smoke as it moves. Crowd watches the car from a hill above tracks. Photographers take pictures. The car gets damaged. A techincian takes a kitten from the car. Technicians arrive in a car. In another test drive the car explodes. Wreckage falls near the tracks. Technicians view the wreckage.
An Opel-Sander Rak-4 car on a track for a test drive on 4th October, 1928 in Germany. The car moves at an uncontrollable speed. It releases large amount of smoke as it moves. Crowd watches the car standing from a hill above tracks. Photographers take pictures. The car explodes. Wreckage falls near the tracks. Scientists view the wreckage.
A Volkhart R1 car during a test runs in December, 1928 in Germany. Several banks of rockets are seen fitted to the rear of a car. Photographers take pictures. The car seen on test track. Rockets ignite and the car begins to move. Sets of rockets ignite progressively propelling the car faster. But it does not attain notable speed. On a second trial, the rocket car attains a much higher speed and coasts to a stop.
Before the eyes of 3000 invited guests, the Opel RAK 2, Fritz von Opel's rocket car, set a speed record in 1928 at Berlin's AVUS race track. The Opel RAK 2 managed a top speed of 238 km/h with the help of 24 solid-fuel rockets packed with 120 kilograms of fuel. Fritz von Opel chose the high-speed AVUS track in Berlin because the company's racetrack was not engineered for speeds over 140 km/h. Men fix rocket boosters on the car. The car moves at a high speed. It releases large amount of smoke as it moves. Crowd watches the car. Photographers take pictures.