Tuesday, December 20, 2011

VJ-100 manned rocket

Retro Mechanix relates the story of Stanley Hiller, Jr, an award-winning helicopter genius who also designed a manned rocket.  The source article originally appeared in the March 1950 issue of Mechanics Illustrated.  It reports that a sub-scale model of the VJ-100 used a Rolls Royce turbo-jet engine and an unspecified 5,000 lbf rocket.  It was being tested at Wright Field, Ohio but obviously never went much further.  Those are some crazy forward wings/fins.