ROCKET PLANE POWERED BY 86 GUN BARRELS (Jan, 1929)

ROCKET PLANE POWERED BY 86 GUN BARRELS
A STANDARD type plane which can be made into a rocket-propelled machine by equipping it with gun-barrel attachments is shown in the picture at the left. The machine is the invention of Maurice Poirier of Burbank, Cal. Regular gasoline motors are used in the plane in addition to the rockets. There are 86 gun barrels attached to the fuselage of the plane, and the concussion resulting from explosions in the tubes is expected to give the plane a speed of 400 miles an hour.

9 comments
  1. Rick Auricchio says: January 5, 20119:39 am

    This idea is so silly that they should have done the following:

    1. Load the guns with live rounds.

    2. Stand the inventor behind one engine.

    3. Stand the article’s author behind the other.

    4. Start the gun-engines.

  2. Jari says: January 5, 201110:17 am

    At least he tried it with the model first: http://blog.modernmecha… which actually flew http://books.google.fi/…

  3. Scott B. says: January 5, 201112:34 pm

    I dunno … it reminds me of JATO/RATO airplanes of WWII vintage — sounds like Mr. Poirier was just a little ahead of his time.

  4. Kosher Ham says: January 5, 201112:45 pm

    It gives new meaning to the term, “shooting landing.”

    Later they would find another application for the pyrotechnics; engine starting.

  5. Mike says: January 5, 20115:15 pm

    the tubes is expected to give the plane a speed of 400 miles an hour.

    Before or after it breaks up?

  6. Firebrand38 says: January 5, 20119:27 pm

    Mike: You underestimate the technology at the time. 30 March 1928 the air speed record was 318.620 mph. On 13 September 1931 George H. Stainforth set a record of 407.5 mph. So they knew how to build planes that held together.

  7. Stephen says: January 6, 20118:01 am

    You get more regular power from a piston engine, or even a conventional rocket, than from repeated gunfire. This article refers to “explosions in the tubes”, and if they really do mean the plane is powered by guns going “BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG” all the time, it would be subject to terrible vibration. The nearest I know of anyone coming to this is the pulse-jet used by the V1 cruise missile in World War II. Since the Argus pulse-jet was much cheaper than proper turbojets, there were attempts to fit them to piloted aircraft, but they needed two or even four to get enough power, and then the vibration was appalling. And if four pulsed powerplants threatened to shake the aircraft to pieces, what would 86 of them do?

  8. Firebrand38 says: January 6, 20119:26 am

    Stephen: You’re assuming facts not in evidence. They don’t seem to have the inlets needed to make a pulse jet work. They seem more (and from being described as “gun barrels”) like pieces of pipe with solid propellant not unlike the previously mentioned JATO/RATO systems. Apples and oranges.

    With the retention of propellers I think those engines actually power this plane and the rockets are more boosters than anything else.

    If you actually follow Jari’s link you’ll see a side view of the 1931 version. They’re rockets not pulse jets. I mean, there was some nonsense about liquid fuel being made from weeds only available in Europe…

  9. Mcubstead says: January 6, 20114:03 pm

    Maybe you guys are assigning blame to the inventor that should go to author. The bunch of small booster rockets may have been mistaken for gun barrels by a poorly informed author. Then again the author may have decided the head line would get people to read an other wise uninteresting article.

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