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Family: Miscellany. Country: Germany.
Fritz von Opel sponsored early tests of rocket-powered automobiles and aircraft, popularizing the idea of rocket propulsion in Germany.
1928 Apr 11 -
- First manned rocket automobile.
First manned rocket automobile tested by Fritz von Opel, Max Valier, and others, at Berlin, Germany.
1929 Sep 30 -
- Opel Sander Rak. 1 flies.
Opel Sander Rak. 1, a glider powered with 16 rockets of 50 pounds of thrust each, made successful flight of 75 seconds, covering almost 2 miles near Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, Von Opel as pilot.
- 17 - Emme, Eugene M, Aeronautics and Astronautics: An American Chronology of Science and Technology in the Exploration of Space 1915-1960, NASA, 1961. HTML when accessed: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/timeline.html
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