Jet (Rocket) Assisted Take Off Method

  • General History
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Also known as “JATO” (or Rocket Assisted Take Off), is the method of using Rockets to assist with quick Aircraft take-off and high-altitude achievement, was first experimented with during the 1920s in Germany and other Countries. The idea of messing Rocket propulsion was seen as vital in helping Bombers reach optimum altitude before they could be attacked by either Enemy Air or Ground assets. Germany launched the first successful attempt with The Starthilfe or Ship-borne Recon in being able to launch these planes from Ships at Sea. Later examples were used on various late-War Bombers. Later, American and Allied attempts at adding Rocket powers to non-jet aircraft were attempted, with many successful attempts accomplished. Rocket Deployment Packages were arranged in “Packs” at the Rear Fuselage area of such planes as Cargo and Transport Aircraft. The “Buccaneer” Type 50 Booster Cluster was the most successful of The Rocket Pack Family of Boosters. On average, non-Jet equipped Aircraft were assisted by a factor of half of their overall required take-off thrust, with a greatly reduced space needed for runway. There are several JATO equipped Aircraft still in use in The US Air Force.