Early attempts to fly various heavier than air contraptions. Later use of rockets for propulsion; GE jet engines circa 1951.
United States USA Date:1951 Duration:2 min 28 sec Sound:Yes
Early history of flight with various ornithopters and flying contraptions. A bicycle-powered 8-winged airplane collapses in front of a hangar during takeoff attempt. Man wearing a set of wings, and a tail, tries to fly by running and also by jumping off a large rock. The so-called Pitt Sky Car in action. A car equipped with an umbrella-like rotor intended for vertical takeoff. It simply jumps up and down. A man riding a bicycle being propelled in part by a pack of rockets burning behind his seat. It gets too hot and he abandons the bicycle just before the rocket pack explodes. Animated discussion of Newton's 3rd law of motion and its relevance to the jet airplane engine. Diagrams and illustrations. A Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star aircraft taking off, and in flight, with its speed brake extended. View of General Electric jet engine, circa 1951, that delivers over 5800 pounds of thrust. These engines being produced in the GE plant at Lynn, Massachusetts and the new (1951) GE plant at Lockland Ohio.
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