JATO (acronym for Jet Assisted Take Off), is a type of assisted take-off for helping overloaded aircraft into the air by providing additional thrust in the form of small rockets.
Made in 1960, this rocket created 250 lbf. of thrust for 15 seconds. It originally had ammonium nitrate propellant, and was intended for use on aircraft with gross weights of 10,000 lb or less. It was also approved for airline use by the US Civil Aeronautics Administration.
Aerojet General Corp. (the General Tire company) offered in 1958 the Aerojet 15NS 250 (250 pounds of thrust) Junior JATO aircraft rocket engine. Two of these supplementary booster rockets were mounted to the airframe to rescue you from a variety of predicaments.
Need to escape wind shift on takeoff? Fire the rockets. Got a nasty downdraft while en route? Fire in the hole! Need to abort a landing? Light up those bad boys. By the time production stopped in the early 1960s, 790 had been sold, but by then more powerful aircraft engines were available and rockets were unnecessary, an Aerojet engineer said. Good thing, because pilots were not trained to adjust for the center of thrust shift caused after the rockets fired. Once the switch was thrown, the pilot became a test pilot.
THIS IS AN INERT SAFE CONTAINER, It was fired/spent years ago and have no material in them today. The rocket is 27 inches long, 6 inches in diameter and weighs 24 lbs.
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