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Pioneer “Rocket Plane” (Spoof)
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Rhinebeck, New York

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Pioneer “Rocket Plane” (Spoof) flight test c.2004 at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Rhinebeck, New York (John Shupek photos copyright © 2004 Skytamer Images)

Overview ²

  • Pioneer “Rocket Plane”
  • Role: classified
  • Manufacturer: classified
  • Designer: classified
  • First flight: classified
  • Variants: classified

The Pioneer “Rocket Plane” was observed during an airshow at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Rhinebeck, New York during 2004. The revolutionary design of this small conventional configuration monoplane is quite astounding. Not only does it use “off the shelf parts and construction” technology, the propulsion system includes both human and rocket propulsion! During our visit, we observed a “taxi test” to demonstrate the amazing potential of this aircraft. However, due to adverse weather conditions, “clear skies and unlimited visibility”, the actual “flight test” of the aircraft was canceled. We are looking forward to learning about the successful completion of the “flight test” program.

Development ²

Development details of this aircraft are obviously classified as TOP SECRET.

Variants ²

Details of variants are classified as TOP SECRET.

Specifications ²

General Characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1-2 (trainer version)
  • Length: classified
  • Wingspan: classified
  • Height: classified
  • Wing area: classified
  • Empty weight: classified
  • Loaded weight: classified
  • Max. takeoff weight: classified
  • Powerplant: classified


  • Maximum speed: classified
  • Stall speed: classified
  • Rate of climb: classified
  • Wing loading: classified


  1. Photos copyright © 2004 Skytamer Images (John A. Shupek)
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