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This is a Mark I Rock-A-Chute flying rocket model, one of the first ones built by the flying model pioneer Orville Carlisle. The model has a balsa body, cardboard fins, and a paper parachute. A solid propellant rocket motor propels the model, and then at the end of the vertical flight it forces the release of the parachute. The model is then retrieved and can be used again. G. Harry Stine, another of the American pioneers in the field of flying rocket and missile models, donated it to the museum.

Display Status This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type MODELS-Missiles & Rockets Manufacturer Orville H. Carlisle Dimensions Other: 1 x 13 x 2 1/2in., 0.2lb. (2.5 x 33 x 6.35cm, 0.1kg)
Materials Paper
Wood
Adhesive
Cotton
Rubber
Plastic
Steel
Balsa body, cardboard fins, and a paper parachute attached by a string and rubber band.
Inventory Number A19930777000 Credit Line Gift of G. Harry Stine Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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