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Launch Kit Flight 02, Starsem Paris 1999 (http://www.starsem.com/newsst_kit.html) via Dietrich Haeseler.





1946 October 22 - .
  • OKB-2 formed for exploitation of German rocketplane technology. - . Nation: Russia. Spacecraft: 346. Soviet director was A Ya Bereznyak, and chief designer was German engineer Hans Roessing. OKB-2 was tasked with continued development and flight of the German supersonic DFS 8-346 rocket reconnaissance aircraft..

1949 September 30 - .
  • First powered flight of the 346-2 rocketplane. - . Nation: Russia. Spacecraft: 346.

    As with the American XS-1, the rocketplane was launched from a captured B-29 bomber. German pilot Wolfgang Ziese conducted all of the initial flight tests. Initial glider flights with the 346P, 346-1 aircraft were flown in 1948. The first powered flight was successful but Ziese was injured after the landing skid collapsed after a fast landing.


1950 October - .
  • Second powered flight of the 346-2 rocketplane. - . Nation: Russia. Spacecraft: 346. 346-2 flights continued in October 1950 with Russian pilot P I Kasmin at the controls..

1951 August 15 - .
  • First flight of the 346-3 rocketplane. - . Nation: Russia. Spacecraft: 346. Ziese resumed flight with the final version of the 346, the 346-3..

1951 September 2 - .
  • Second flight of the 346-3 rocketplane. - . Nation: Russia. Spacecraft: 346. Ziese was at the controls again..

1951 September 14 - .
  • Final flight of the 346-3 rocketplane. - . Nation: Russia. Spacecraft: 346. The aircraft went out of control and Ziese bailed out of the aircraft. The destruction of this rocketplane resulted in further tests being abandoned..


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