Goddard 85th Anniversary
On this date back in 1926, Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket on his Aunt Effie Ward’s farm in Auburn, MA. The rocket flew to an altitude of 12.5 m (41 ft), landing 56.1 m (184 ft) away in the snow.
Goddard, Henry Sachs(a Clark University machinist), his wife Ester prepared the rocket while photographer Percy Roope took pictures. The rocket was slow to produce enough thrust to lift it but finally rose to 41 ft. The rocket was not very stable in flight.
You can fly your own model of the Goddard “Nell” rocket. Fliskits makes an excellent replica.
Clark University’s excellent archives on Robert Goddard are HERE