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20th Jan 2004, 06:02

I am looking for some info about the jato system that was used in the 70s(? ) with the B727. Mexicana is the only airline that used them as far as I am aware. Im interested to know more details about the system, where it was installed, used frequently, effectiveness, performance etc.


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20th Jan 2004, 10:37
Not B727 related ... but on the subject of JATOs ...

You heard about the alleged guy who strapped a JATO bottle onto his Chev Impala? He and his auto were found embedded in a cliff face, forty feet above the road. He received a Darwin Award (http://www.darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1995-04.html)! (But the story may not be true.)

And the USMC who trialed JATO assisted landings in a C130? Didn't work! And they didn't receive a Darwin Award!


Interesting history of JATO development, particularly regarding the Ercoupe experiment!

JATO Chronology (http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/jato.htm)

20th Jan 2004, 17:34
There is a boeing flight test video from the 70's showing the jato/rato 727 take off. Not sure how u could get a copy but I would think Boeing would be the place to start.

20th Jan 2004, 23:48
But the story may not be true.A well-known urban legend http://www.snopes.com/autos/dream/jato.asp