Models and full scale airplanes using solid powder rockets for propulsion, in Germany
Germany Date:1928, June 11 Duration:4 min 39 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Descriptions and diagrams of various model airplanes used in experiments with solid powder propulsion, in Germany starting in 1927. Diagram of a 'Storch' model airplane. Diagram of "Ente"(Duck) model airplane. An Opel full scale model "Ent" airplane being checked out on a launching rail at an airfield. Fritz von Opel makes adjustments at the rear of the airplane and, assisted by several other men, moves the airplane along the launch ramp and back again. On the side of the plane is written: "Sander AK-1." Photographers take pictures. The first manned test of an Opel "ent" airplane is undertaken by the Research Institute of the RhonRossitten-Gesellschaft (RRG) under the direction of Fritz Stamer. In the first three trials the airplane fails to rise and simply skids along the ground. However, on the 4th try, it successfully flies off the launch rail in an extended high speed flight, for three-quarters of a mile in just under one minute. The successful flight is then shown in slow motion from two different camera angles.
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