Aerojet Experimental Liquid Propellant Jet Units Flight Test Scrapbook

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0844
Dates:
bulk 1942-1943
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.47 Cubic Feet
(1 box)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of a scrapbook containing 44 black and white photographs of various sizes as well as four typewritten pages describing the photographs and the flight tests they depict. Photographs are divided into five "exhibits." Exhibit I is noted to be the solid propellant jet unit. Exhibit II depicts flight tests conducted from April 7 to 24, 1942 at the US Army Air Forces Bombing & Gunnery Range, Muroc Dry Lake, California using a Douglas A-20A, of experimental liquid propellant jet units developed by the Air Corps Jet Propulsion Research Project at the California Institute of Technology. Liquid propellant jet units shown in this section are the experimental form of units later produced by Aerojet Engineering Corporation for the Army Air Forces. Exhibit III depicts flight tests conducted from January 7 to 8, 1943 at the US Army Air Forces Bombing & Gunnery Range, Muroc Dry Lake, California using a Douglas A-20B of liquid propellant jet units, Model AL-1000, designed by the Aerojet Engineering Corporation. Exhibit IV contains photographs of jet propulsion units that were in production at the Aerojet Engineering Corporation at the time the scrapbook was produced. Exhibit V contains photographs of selected Aerojet Engineering Corporation plant facilities.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
In April 1942, the US Army Air Force was conducting flight testing of experimental liquid propellant units developed by the Air Corps Jet Propulsion Research Project at the California Institute of Technology to determine their effects on reduction of takeoff run, stability and control, high speed performance, blast effects, and reliability. The units were found to reduce takeoff distance by approximately one-third and increase maximum speed by approximately 40 miles per hour. However, improvements were recommended in terms of jet installation. In January 1943, flight tests were conducted by the US Army Air Force on Model AL-1000 liquid propellant jet units developed by Aerojet Engineering Corporation based on the April 1942 testing. The Aerojet units successfully reduced takeoff distance and increased flight velocity, as well as allowing for quick and easy servicing and or unit replacement. Aerojet Engineering Corporation began producing these different models of these units for the US Army Air Force subsequent to this testing.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Unknown, found in collection, Year received unknown

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Aerojet Experimental Liquid Propellant Jet Units Flight Test Scrapbook, Accession XXXX-0844, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Jet propulsion Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.) Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aerojet-General Corporation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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