Who the Heck are the Paisley Rocketeers?

another in the “Who the Heck” series

paisleyrocketeers30th PRS 30th anniversary launch in 1965

Did the Paisley Rocketeer’s Society start Model Rocketry?

The Paisley Rocketeer’s Society (PRS) was formed by John D. Stewart in 1935 in Scotland. Stewart was inspired by H.G. Wells and the early rocket mail experiments of Gerhard Zucker. The PRS is responsible for many rocketry first. Among them and maybe most sustantial was the first recorded launch of a complex 3 stage rocket. This basic design was continued to be used in early space programs. The Paisley Rocketeer’s Society were know for their research rockets. Each of the research rockets were known by the desigination of R.R.-x. Another possibly great contribution was the Paisley Rocketeer’s Society was the Rocketry education of generations of rocketeers across Great Britian including hosting launch events. Many believe that the Paisley Rocketeer’s Society were the first to promote rocketry as a hobby/sport.

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6 Responses to Who the Heck are the Paisley Rocketeers?

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  2. R2K says:

    Thanks for this info, I was wondering who these guys were and just came here off a google search.

  3. RWH says:

    Good to find some background and recognition.
    Did any of their members become involved in the Spanish Civil war and use their rocket experiences?

    • Rick Newlands says:

      Every Paisley rocketeer signed an oath to use their rocketry for peaceful purposes only. I’ve never heard of any of us Paisley Rocketeers becoming involved with the Spanish civil war.

      Rick the (Paisley) Rocketeer

      We now fly with the SARA group:

  4. Bob Halpin says:

    Was Mr P Blair not a member of the Paisley Rocketeers who supported the Spanish Government and developed liquid fuelled rocket munitions launched from tubes. There is an article in ‘Popular Mechanics 1947’ of the rocket P Blair designed during the Spanish Civil War?

    • Richard Newlands says:

      Interesting…P. Blair was a member of another 1930’s Scottish rocket society that we know today only as ‘The Glasgow Group’ who did some pioneering – and still hugely relevant – scientific research on air-augmented rockets. Any info anyone has on these pioneers will be gratefully received!

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