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Skyrocket, J.W. Hadfield, 1867

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This object is on display in the Rockets and Missiles exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

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.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Manufacturer

John W. Hadfield

Credit Line

Gift of Alan D. Dunphy

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)

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Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

1867

Type

PROPULSION-Rocket Engines

Inventory Number

A19830021000

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