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Opel Rocket Vehicles

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Original pic here.

Opel-RAK were a series of rocket vehicles produced by Fritz von Opel, of the Opel car company, in association with others, including Max Valier and Friedrich Wilhelm Sander largely as publicity stunts.

The Lippisch Ente a rocket-powered glider was produced on June 11, 1928, piloted by Fritz Stamer, but is not usually considered part of the series.

Opel RAK.1 - a rocket car that achieved 75 km/h (47 mph) on March 15, 1928[2]
Opel RAK.2 - rocket car May 23, 1928 reached a speed of 230 km/h (143 mph) driven by 24 solid-fuel rockets[2]
Opel RAK.3 rocket train (quoted speed is variously 254 or 290 km/h. See: [3], [4], [5], [6], [7]) On the second run the train jumps the track and is destroyed.
Opel Rak IV rocket train, destroyed when a solid rocket explodes on the track, exploding all the other rockets. Railway authorities prohibit further runs.[3]
Opel RAK.1 rocket glider September 30, 1929


Some stock footage of some of the rocket vehicles was incorporated into this early SF film.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 25, 2016 | Comments (4)
Category: Flight, Movies, Spaceflight, Astronautics, and Astronomy, Technology, Science Fiction, 1920's, Europe, Cars

Flying Squirrel


You just can't trust anyone now a days!
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Oct 09, 2015 | Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Enlargements, Miniatures, and Other Matters of Scale, Flight, Toys

The Coleopter

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Original article here.



Why are the skies of 2015 not filled with coleopters?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Apr 26, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Flight, Technology, 1950's

Heads Up

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How would you like one of these guys to land on your head? People walking through a particular field in the Netherlands get the chance to find out what its like. The friendly owl likes to spend a minute or so on his human perches before flying off.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Mar 26, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Flight

Get Out And Push

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These people really wanted to get home for the holiday!
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Nov 26, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Flight

Death by Ejection Seat

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You know how in cartoons and comedy movies, a person will accidentally employ an ejection seat and go for a thrill ride through the air, only to land safely...?

Not what really happens.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 22, 2014 | Comments (13)
Category: Accidents, Death, Flight, 1980's

Catch Us If You Can

Proof that you do not need video games as flight simulators to encourage hijacking.

Original article here.

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Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 13, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Flight, Children, 1940's

VertiBird!







Kids these days, with their miraculous untethered toy helicopters! How could they ever know the true joy of a helicopter at the end of a rod?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 10, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Flight, Toys, Advertising, 1970's

A Bath with a View



A predecessor to our famous fellow who attached his lawn chair to balloons.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 10, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Flight, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1930's

Now!  Fly Like a Bird!

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Responsible for more broken necks than any other comicbook ad!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 04, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Flight, Comics, Children, 1950's
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