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Rocket, Liquid Fuel, R.H. Goddard 1941 P-Series


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar room at Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This is one of Robert H. Goddard's P-series rockets, probably the one he used for a test in October 1941 during which the rocket jammed in the launch tower and failed to lift. Goddard's P-series was so designated because they contained his propellant pumps. The series was also his largest and last liquid-fuel flight rockets and were tested at Roswell, New Mexico, during 1938-1941.

However, only two P-series rockets achieved flight. But the tests were discontinued because Goddard moved in 1942 to Annapolis, Maryland to undertake wartime work for the Navy on non-flight rocket motors. This rocket was donated to the Smithsonian by the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation for the Promotion of Aeronautics in 1950.

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


Dr. Robert H. Goddard

Credit Line

Gift of Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation


Aluminum alloy, copper alloy pipes, steel, insulation material, rubber, tape


Overall: 21 ft. 11 in. long x 1 ft. 6 in. diameter, 161 lb. (668.02 x 45.72cm, 73kg)

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Country of Origin

United States of America


CRAFT-Missiles & Rockets

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