Skyrocket, J.W. Hadfield, 1867

Skyrocket, J.W. Hadfield, 1867

     

This is a patent model for an improved skyrocket of John W. Hadfield of Newtown, New York, invented in 1867. Hadfield's improvement consisted of three short wooden guidesticks attached to the rear of the rocket by wires around the body.

The usual firework rocket, also known as a skyrocket, was fitted with a single long wooden guidestick that made the rocket cumbersome and difficult to store and transport. Hadfield's shorter separate sticks could be easily packed into a small space for shipping. Further, they served as a launch stand. However, Hadfied's improvements do not seem to have been widely adopted. This object was donated to the Smithsonian in 1983 by Alan D. Dunphy.

Gift of Alan D. Dunphy

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
John W. Hadfield

Date
1867

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Rockets & Missiles

Type
PROPULSION-Rocket Engines

Materials
Cardboard body; pine wooden guidestick sections; wire for attaching guidesticks
Dimensions
Overall: 2 1/2 in. wide x 1 ft. 5 in. long x 1 in. diameter (6.35 x 43.18 x 2.54cm)

This is a patent model for an improved skyrocket of John W. Hadfield of Newtown, New York, invented in 1867. Hadfield's improvement consisted of three short wooden guidesticks attached to the rear of the rocket by wires around the body.

The usual firework rocket, also known as a skyrocket, was fitted with a single long wooden guidestick that made the rocket cumbersome and difficult to store and transport. Hadfield's shorter separate sticks could be easily packed into a small space for shipping. Further, they served as a launch stand. However, Hadfied's improvements do not seem to have been widely adopted. This object was donated to the Smithsonian in 1983 by Alan D. Dunphy.

Gift of Alan D. Dunphy

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
John W. Hadfield

Date
1867

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station
Rockets & Missiles

Type
PROPULSION-Rocket Engines

Materials
Cardboard body; pine wooden guidestick sections; wire for attaching guidesticks
Dimensions
Overall: 2 1/2 in. wide x 1 ft. 5 in. long x 1 in. diameter (6.35 x 43.18 x 2.54cm)

ID: A19830021000