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:

Rear of Reaction Motors, Inc. (RMI) rocket boat, showing a standard RMI Lark missile (sustainer portion) motor, or, by another account, a 250 lb thrust RMI JATO (Jet-Assisted-Take-Off) motor. The boat was tested several times on the Severn River, near Annapolis, Maryland, during February-March 1944, by RMI's Franklin Pierce and others, as a potential rocket-propelled landing craft for the anticipated invasion of Japan, but it never reached the developmental stage.

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Propulsion systems
  • Rocketry

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Circa February-March 1944

Repository Loc.

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



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