I don't know if this has been posted
This is Goddard with one of his early rockets
Thanks for posting, Fred ! ?!? What is going on with the biplane ??? Looks like the T chassis is right hand drive.
Rich, That is a starter for the plane. Often called a "Huck's" starter. There have been several threads over the years here about them. The great war (WWI) and throughout the '20s, there were hundreds of such trucks at airports all over the world. I don't know if that particular picture has been posted here or not, but several others have been. One of our regular posters has recreated a couple of these trucks and made them fully operational for use in aircraft museums around the world. And when I say "around the world, one of them I think went to England (?), one to Canada. A video was previously linked showing one of his trucks starting vintage planes.
The other photo of Goddard with one of his rockets has been posted here before. An amazing blend of new technologies! The model T, the ultimate icon of modern man and his step into the modern age, which at that time had been only thirty years earlier, pulling a trailer with an experimental rocket by the 'father of rocketry', which in thirty more years would be putting the first man-made satellites in orbit around the earth.
Rich, (I will try to answer your email tonight.)
Ah ! At first I did t see the prop on the plane ! So, how did this work ? Some kind of PTO off the T ? I see the chain drive to the link on the propellor shaft. Makes sense, rather than ground crew giving the prop a spin by hand ! (And you guys thing cranking right-handed is dangerous !! ; ). )
(Wayne, looking forward to that !)
If you Google "Huck starter mechanism + MTFCA Forum" many previous posts will show up.
Here's one of the best picture sites: http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView /articleId/381/language/en-US/The-Moment--First-Hucks-Start-in-70-Years.aspx
Didn't a form regular build a replica of the Huck's starter?
Thank you Richard, that is the one