Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

An early attempt to make a rocket-powered helicopter, begun in 1944 by Franklin Pierce of Reaction Motors, Inc. in which two 50 lb thrust liquid oxygen and gasoline rockets were secured to the ends of rotating tubes simulating helicopter propeller "blades." There was too much leakage of liquid oxygen from the rockets.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Propulsion systems
  • Helicopters
  • Rocketry

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Circa 1944

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560



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