Gyro recovery in 1949


Great little article from the 1949 Modern Mechanix that illustrates using gyro or as the article calls it “roto-chute” recovery. The article offers this as an alternative to mach busting pilots that need to escape.

See the original article here

Here is the gyro concept as illustrated in 1934

and here again in 1999


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2 Responses to Gyro recovery in 1949

  1. truthwalker says:

    Are the engineers on the first magazine supposed to look like they are running in terror from the whirling blades of death?

  2. rocketry says:


    Perspective truthwalker!
    They are running toward a small model.
    I finally was able to imagine it being a large device and saw your perspective. It now makes me laugh.

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