First practical attempts to use rockets for propulsion.
Germany Date:1928 Duration:1 min 32 sec Sound:NO SOUND
The German Ente (duck), world’s first rocket-powered airplane. Designed by Alexander Lippisch as a sailplane, it was purchased by Fritz von Opel who equipped it with rockets. It is seen with Opel painted on its fuselage, in its first rocket-powered flight on June 11, 1928 (flown by Fritz Stamer). In a slate, Adolf Hitler is quoted to the effect that : One cannot achieve what one cannot first imagine. A slate refers to the inadquate resources and consequent difficulties of early experimenters. Men help Prince Michalikais, with his "invention", in New York, where he attempts to propel himself with rockets while on ice skates. He wears a board on his back equipped with rockets. On first attempt, the rockets burn without propelling him and associates throw snow on his back to extinguish any fire. On next attempt, rockets fire but he loses his balance and falls.
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