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Model, Space Shuttle, Goodyear Meteor Jr. 3-Stage Fully Reusable Concept


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

In 1954, several years before spaceflight began, space enthusiast Darrell C. Romick and two other Goodyear Aircraft workers designed this model of a reusable space transportation system and displayed it at the American Rocket Society's annual conference. Three piloted, winged rocket stages nested in a column would fire in sequence to launch the third stage at the top into orbit. All had retractable landing gear and could be flown as a glider during the return to landing. Although the concept was too massive to be practical at the time, it was an early vision for a space shuttle that could ferry people and equipment to and from an Earth-orbiting space station. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company gave this model to the Museum in 1980.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum


Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company


Wood, paint, brass, steel, adhesive, plastic, adhesive decals, plastic, felt


Overall (with base): 2ft 3in. x 1ft 7in. x 1ft 4in. (68.58 x 48.26 x 40.64cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America


MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts

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