Monday, March 29, 2010

JATOs in El Paso?

On April 11, 1960, a U.S. Navy flying boat headed from San Diego to Baltimore via Pensacola made an emergency landing in El Paso's Ascarate Lake.  The 3000' lake wasn't big enough for the repaired plane to take off, so they needed the help of a good wind and four JATO units.  One of the three boosters failed the ignite, but three were enough.  Now that's something you didn't expect to see in El Paso!  I could have, but didn't :(

References:

1960: Navy Seaplane Makes Landing At Ascarate
1960: ‘Beached’ Airmen Take Off Today
1960: Rocket Boosters Lift Navy Plane In Safe Takeoff on E.P. Lake
1960: Navy Ends ‘Leave’ In EP