Who the heck is William Congreve?


William Congreve was shooting rockets that reached altitudes of 10,000 feet and weighed up to 24 pounds way back in 1810.
After his successful demonstartion of their capabilities in 1805, some of the first rockets used by the british military were fired at the French in 1806. It was this type rocket that were shot at Fort Mchenry in 1814 that inspired the line “the rockets red glare” in the Star Spangled Banner. Learn more in the following links:
Congreve Rockets

Images of firing of Congreve rockets

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