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I believe that it's an issue of some interest in the history of aviation.

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  • $\begingroup$ please define the parameters of "rocket" $\endgroup$
    – Federico
    Nov 8 '20 at 11:25
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There's an interesting text on the subject, freely available in the internet (in German) by Austrian rocket pioneer Max Valier. https://booksc.org/book/80611012/6a4e2a [From his book 'Raketenfahrt', München / Oldenbourg, 1930]

Valier gives extensive and valuable details on the rocket-powered glider that was possibly the first rocket-propelled vehicle to become airborne, but he also mentions a semi-legendary account of a Chinese attempt, centuries ago, by a mandarin Wan-Hu... (page 236).

A fragment of Valier's text:

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Abundant details on that rocket plane follow...

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  • $\begingroup$ rocket propelled != rocket. this is the reason the community closed the previous question. it needs more details, the definition of "rocket" that qualifies is not provided $\endgroup$
    – Federico
    Nov 8 '20 at 11:29

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