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March 6, 1962
A. V. JOHNSQN, JR
3,023,987
KITE ROCKET PARACHUTE RELEASE
Filed March 21, 1960
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aligned aperture 36 in the sail card 34 thus maintaining
KITE ROCKET PARACHUTE RELEASE
Axel V. Johnson, Jr., 65 Hillbrook Circle, Pittsford, N.Y.
Filed Mar. 21, 1961), Ser. No. 16,233
2 Claims. (Cl. 244-155)
This invention relates to kites and more particularly to
the parts in assembled relationship until the enlarged loop
26 engages the abutment member 42 on the kite string 22,
which engagement causes rearward movement of the trip
bar 24 so as to withdraw the point 30 thereof from‘
interlocking engagement ‘with the aperture 36 of the sail
an accessory therefor.
card 34, thus allowing the same to drop downwardly
toward the earth. This trip bar may also releasably sup
novelty attachment for kites which will automatically re
port the shroud line 38 of a toy parachute 40, for release
lease a parachute upon reaching a predetermined point 10 simultaneously with the release of the sail card 34.
along the kite cable, and which will then return to the
It will now be recognized that in actual use, the para
starting position after effecting such release.
chute and sail card 34 are attached in the maner shown,
Still another object of the present invention is to pro
whereupon the device is mounted upon the kite string 22
vide a kite rocket of the type described which employs
by inserting it through the provided openings 28, 22 in the
It is an object of the present invention to provide a
a releasable sail member which is released from the rocket 15 enlarged loop and sliders, respectively. The wind will
member upon striking an object carried upon the kite
then propel the rocket through the sail card 34 upwardly
cable, simultaneously with the release of the parachute
also carried thereby, and following which the rocket will
return to the starting position.
along the length of the kite string 22 until the enlarged
loop 26 abuts with the stop member 42 carried upon the
kite string 22, which abutment causes rearward move
Another object of the present invention is to provide 20 ment of the trip bar 24 to release the sail card 34 and
a kite rocket of the type hereinbefore described which
parachute for movement toward the ground. With the
can be manufactured in large quantities at a relatively
sail card released from the rocket, it will return by its
low cost, and which can be readily manipulated by young
own weight to the initial starting position, where it may
and old children alike.
be reset.
All of the foregoing and still further objects and ad 25
While this invention has been described with particular
vantages of this invention will become apparent from a
reference to the construction shown in the drawing, it is
study of the following speci?cation, taken in connection
to be understood that such is not to be construed as im
with the accompanying drawing, wherein:
parting limitations upon the invention, which is best de
?ned by the claims appended hereto.
FIGURE 1 is a side elevational view, partly in section,
of a kite rocket assembly made in accordance with the 30
Having thus described my invention, I claim as new and
present invention in actual use;
desire to secure by Letters Patent:
FIGURE 2 is a perspective view of the assembly shown
1. A kite rocket comprising in combination a hollow
in FIGURE 1 during the return movement thereof to
main body member having a tail assembly at one end
the initial starting position;
and a nose assembly at the opposite end, slide means com
FIGURE 3 is a front end elevational view of the device 35 prising a ?rst unclosed loop extending from said nose
shown in FIGURE 1;
FIGURE 4 is a top plan view, with parts broken away,
of the assembly shown in FIGURE 1; and
assembly and a second unclosed loop extending from said
tail assembly, said slide means positioned and adapted to
support said main body member for slidable movement,
FIGURE 5 is a perspective view of ‘a sail member
longitudinally along a ?exible kite string, said nose assem
40 bly including an oblique slot positioned and adapted to
forming a part of the present invention.
Referring now- to the drawing, a kite rocket 10 made
receive and support a rigid sail in a plane transverse to
in accordance with the present invention is shown to in
the length of the main body member and extending down
clude a substantially hollow cylindrical main body por
wardly therefrom, the plane being approximately perpen
tion 12 having an interior compartment 14 and provided
dicular to the ground when the main body member is
with a tail assembly 16 at one end and a nose assembly 45 supported by said kite string, a rigid sail having an aper
18 at the opposite end. A pair of longitudinally aligned
ture therein and positioned in said slot, a U-shaped trip
eye members 20 serve as slide means for slidably sup
bar supported for reciprocal movement longitudinally
porting the rocket upon a ?exible cable 22, such as a kite
string. Each of the eyes 20 is provided with a small
within said main body member, the longer leg of said
trip bar terminating in an enlarged unclosed loop pro
opening 23 into which the kite string 22 may be inserted 50 jecting forwardly outward from said nose assembly and
or removed. While screw eye type sliders 21) have been
adapted to freely encircle the kite string on which said
main body member is to be supported, the short leg of
said trip bar terminating in a point normally extending
may be substituted therefor without departing from the
through said oblique slot and through said aperture in said
spirit of the present invention.
55 sail, the reciprocal movement of said trip bar being su?i
A trip bar 24 is slidably supported within the interior
cient to disengage said short leg from said slot.
illustrated in the drawing, it will be recognized that
wheels, bearings, and other type of slide mechanisms
14 of the main body member 12 and has one end formed
into an enlarged loop 26 which is freely spaced from the
kite string 22. This enlarged loop 26 projects outwardly
2. A kite rocket as set forth in claim 1, further corn~
prising a parachute having a shroud line insertable into
said oblique slot and releasably carried upon said point
from the forward end of the rocket and is adapted to en 60 of said trip bar with said sail.
gage with an abutment 42 mounted anywhere along the
length of the kite string 22, and preferably near the at
tachment point of the kite 44. This enlarged loop 26 is
also provided with an opening 28 to facilitate the inser
tion and removal of the kite string 22. The opposite 65
end of the trip bar 24 is provided with a point 30 which
is movable into an obliquely extending slot 32 in the nose
18, into which slot a card 34 having an aperture 36 is
slidably received. This card 34 functions as a sail to pro
pel the rocket along the length of the kite string 22 70
toward the kite 44. The point 30 of the trip bar normally
extends through the obliquely extending slot 32 and the
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