Cleveland Rocket Society

From Ohio History Central

The Cleveland Rocket Society was one of the earliest groups in the United States of America to study rocketry.

Founded by Ernst Loebell and E.L. Hanna in January 1933, the Cleveland Rocket Society was located in Cleveland, Ohio. The group eventually constructed six rocket engines. In 1937, the French government invited the Cleveland Rocket Society to send a rocket to the International Exposition in Paris. Loebell and his group sent a rocket, which they constructed of aluminum. The rocket was thirty-five feet in height. It was never launched. Due to a lack of funds and interest, the Cleveland Rocket Society ceased to exist in 1938.

The Cleveland Rocket Society illustrates the important role that Ohioans have played in aviation. With such important names as the Wright Brothers, John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, and numerous others, Ohioans have been at the forefront of aviation history.

See Also


  1. Crouch, Tom D. The Giant Leap: A Chronology of Ohio Aerospace Events and Personalities, 1815-1969. Columbus: The Ohio History Connection, 1971.