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Posted by: lschmidt - Wed Sep 08, 2004 3:48 pm
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Post The 1st privately funded rocket flight?   Posted on: Wed Sep 08, 2004 3:48 pm
On September 8th 1974 Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel attemted to fly across
Idaho's 1600 ft wide Snake River Canyon in a steam powered rocket called
the X2 Skycycle.The attempt failed due to pre mature parachute deployment.
The X2 landed inside the canyon with a battered Evel Knievel inside.


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Post    Posted on: Thu Sep 09, 2004 4:54 am
Well thats pretty sub-sub-orbital if you ask me.

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Post Nope, Mr Knieval wasn't even close!   Posted on: Sun Sep 12, 2004 5:16 pm
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Lagari Hasan had the Evil one beat by almost 300 years (1633). Hasan's top altitude (non verifiable obviously) was about 300 meters, so Knievel may have taken the altitude record from him, but then again who was counting.

If Hasan has managed to make it all the way across the Bosporus, he probably would have died, but if on some small chance he'd lived, he would have made the first intercontinental flight.

Since the flight was technically made for royalty, and since there was no such thing, strictly speaking, as capitolism in the early 17th century Ottoman empire, I don't know if his flight can be technically considered "Private" but it comes close enough to give the guy some slack.


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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 13, 2004 6:11 pm
yeah I was about to say, there's been a lot of rocket powered gliders back in the 30s

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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 13, 2004 6:11 pm
yeah I was about to say, there's been a lot of rocket powered gliders back in the 30s too

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Post Re: Nope, Mr Knieval wasn't even close!   Posted on: Mon Sep 13, 2004 8:40 pm
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Hey, flying a rocket-powered airplane in the 17th century most definitely gets the man some credit.

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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 13, 2004 9:05 pm
That man probably sounded like two church bells ringing wherever he walked.


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