This collection consists of 51 images of different aircraft boosted with JATO, including the following aircraft: Boeing B-47 Stratojet; a JATO boosted glider; United States Air Force Ercoupe; North American P-51 Mustang; Douglas A-20B Havoc; Douglas DC-9; Lockheed F-80; Lockheed P2V-6 (P-2F) Neptune; Douglas DC-3; North American L-17 Navion; Stearman Kaydet; Martin (Glenn L.) XB-51 (Model 234); Martin (Glenn L.) P5M (P-5); Consolidated PB2Y-3 Coronado; Douglas D-5882 Skyrocket; and Grumman F4F Wildcat. There are also photographs of the XLR1-AJ-1 JATO; JATO propelled boats and tanks; and a photograph of the personnel in charge of the flight test: Dr. Theodore Von Karman, Major P. H. Dane, W. B. Powell, Dr. F. J. Malina and Dr. M. Summerfield.
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JATO is an acronym for Jet-fuel Assisted Take Off. It is a system for helping overloaded aircraft into the air by providing additional thrust in the form of small rockets.
Ed Rice, Gift
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This collection covers von Karman's life, but the core of the collection is records relating to: his career in Germany after World War I; materials pertaining to his assocation with such organizations as the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics, the National Advisory Committee on Aviation, the United States Air Force, and the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics; and personal and scientific correspondence with colleagues and students from around the world.
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Theodore von Karman (1881-1963) was an accomplished physicist, aerodynamicist, applied mathematician, and science advisor. Born in Hungary, von Karman received a degree in mechanical engineering from The Royal Joseph Technical University, and a doctor's degree from The University of Gottingen. In 1930, von Karman was appointed as professor of aeronautics, director of the Daniel Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the Califonia Institute of Technology, and director of the Daniel Guggenheim Airship Institute at Akron Ohio. He was a founding member of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences and was the recipient of many awards, including the U.S. Medal of Merit and the first U.S. National Medal of Science.
California Institute of Technology, unknown, 1980, XXXX-0537, California Institute of Technology
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Proceedings of an aerospace scientific symposium of distinguished lecturers in honor of Dr. Theodore von Kármán on his 80th anniversary, May 11, 1961. Sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research
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