Flights & Fancy: The Western Canadian Ramjet Co.
- By Gordon J. Twa
- Air & Space magazine, May 2000
(Page 2 of 2)
Somehow we negotiated the hard right at the bottom of the hill, and Walt took us off the road and into a snowbank. I jumped off and jammed my leg into the snow, extinguishing the fire on my pants. Dumping snow on the sled, we put that blaze out too.
A survey revealed that the gasoline had burned only on the surface of my heavy wool pants and hadn’t damaged the fabric. The sled showed only minor scorching.
Although we hadn’t detected any significant thrust from our ramjet, the ride had been impressive. About a month later, while conducting further research, we read that most ramjets need to achieve a speed of about 375 mph to function properly. We never did find a hill steep enough.
—Gordon J. Twa